CHICAGO (Gray News) — Three women were found dead inside a Chicago seniors’ apartment building in the days after residents complained of a lack of air conditioning.
Authorities say the victims were found at the James Sneider Apartments at different times of the day Saturday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. have been identified as Janice Reed, 68, Gwendolyn Osborne, 72, and Delores McNeely, 76.
Officials did not say how the women died.
But Alderman Maria Hadden of the 49th Precinct said residents had complained to her that the air conditioning was not on during hot days last week. She says staff told her a city ordinance prevented them from turning on the air conditioning, but Hadden says there is no such ordinance.
“To be in these units, it’s so hot. It’s so hot in the units. They are senior residents, residents with health issues. They shouldn’t be in these conditions,” Hadden said. in a Facebook video.
The mayor’s office said firefighters were doing a unit-by-unit check of residents, while city officials worked to make sure the air conditioning was on and working properly.
“It shouldn’t have happened. It could have been avoided,” Hadden said. on Facebook.
She promised to work on the responsibility for the incident.
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