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Hurricane Sandy Death Toll Reaches 4 in Lehigh Valley

Hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning are some of the storm-related problems that have killed four Lehigh Valley residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

The Lehigh County coroner says a 93-year-old man died as a result of prolonged exposure to cold from power outages associated with Hurricane Sandy.

Luther Fritizinger of 1063 Mosser Road, Upper Macungie, was found dead Thursday in his garage. The cause of death is attributed to hypothermia; the manner of death has been ruled an accident, according to a press release from the coroner Friday afternoon.

The coroner and Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department are investigating.

This is at least the fourth Lehigh Valley death related to Sandy.

Earlier this week, an Orefield woman found dead in her yard after the storm also succumbed to hypothermia. And a Lower Macungie woman died as a result of carbon monoxide poisioning from a generator being used after high winds from the storm caused widespread power outages.

A Wind Gap teen died Monday night when an ATV he was riding struck a tree downed by Sandy.

Andy Novick November 03, 2012 at 02:27 PM
http://tobtr.com/s/3974901 Where Were You during Hurricane Sandy? call in to this radio show at 12 noon today and tell us...(718) 508-9465
Carl W November 08, 2012 at 08:50 AM
One thing about hypothermia is you lose even 5-yr.-old level of thinking, like "Go someplace warm." Remember, you may only smell light fumes & think you're okay from Carbon Monoxide. CO, itself, is ODORLESS. You may be SMELLING something else, and inhaling 5 times more in CO. ANY fire, including kerosene heaters, eats oxygen, and produces CO. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!! (Allentown - kerosene heaters 100% illegal in apts, and you WILL be fined)!!

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