4 Inpatients Die Apparently of Heatstroke in Central Japan

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Gifu, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)--Four patients in their 80s died apparently of heatstroke at a hospital in the central Japan city of Gifu between Sunday evening and Monday morning, a local police station said Tuesday.

Because there is a possibility that air conditioners in the rooms of the inpatients--two men and two women--had been broken, the police station raided Y&M Fujikake Daiichi Hospital on suspicion of murder while stopping short of identifying a suspect.

The four, who had been in rooms on the third and fourth floors of the hospital, died between 8:40 p.m. Sunday and 11:37 a.m. Monday, according to investigative sources. They were aged 83 to 85.

None of them had physical injuries, the sources said.

On Monday night, the Gifu prefectural police department received a phone call from a person who claimed to be related to the matter. The person told the police that four people died at the hospital, possibly due to heatstroke, according to the sources.

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