Rock County woman who died from heat is identified

Woman had underlying heart condition

An 83-year-old Lima woman whose death is related to the heat had an underlying heart condition.

The coroner’s office reported Friday that Margaret Jurgans died after she sustained a “heat-related injury.” Her home was 95 degrees with no air circulating or an air conditioning. She also had a broken refrigerator.

According to the coroner, Jurgans died from an underlying heart condition that made her more susceptible to the effects of extreme hot weather.

The coroner  believes heat was a “major factor” in Jurgans death.

It’s the third death in three weeks in which extreme heat was an “exacerbating factor.”

Jurgans’ elderly sister, who also lives at the residence, found Jurgans late Thursday morning and contacted emergency officials.