Sadly, authorities say heat-related conditions contributed to the death of an elderly Kennewick woman, who was found Tuesday.

Kennewick Police say the woman, whose identity was not released, died from heat-related causes. The Benton County Coroner's official cause of death was hyperthermia. Similar to hypothermia, but 'per' is from heat.

Officials did not say why there were called to the 73-year-old woman's home, but when they arrived around 10 AM Tuesday, the woman was unresponsive and died a short time later. The temperature inside her home, which did not have AC, was estimated at 95 degrees.

There are a number of citizens in the Tri-Cities who don't have AC, and conditions like this can make health hazards a serious threat, especially for elderly people.

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Authorities stress the need for people to make sure they check on friends and relatives who are elderly or have physical conditions that are made far worse by the heat.

Cooling stations have been in operation at the Richland Community Center, The Richland Public Library and City Hall, as well as the Flag Plaza in Downtown Kennewick.

The Kennewick location will be in operation through Wednesday at least. Also with help from the Community Care Fund, Kennewick Police are carrying coolers with water and ice during patrols, and are assisting people who need help, or they come across when they are answering calls. This will continue until the heatwave subsides.

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