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Man with clothes frozen to skin hospitalized



Published: Wed, January 29, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By JOE GORMAN

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police say a West Side man living in a North Hazelwood Avenue home with no heat had a case of frostbite so bad his clothes were frozen to his skin.

The 51-year-old was being treated for frostbite in the emergency room at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center when police were notified about 6:40 p.m. Sunday. The man’s wife and daughter also were checked for frostbite Sunday evening, and housing officers deemed the house unlivable Monday for a lack of heat.

A spokeswoman for the city said all three were still being treated at Northside as of early Tuesday afternoon. She said officials are having a hard time getting any information from the family, and also are trying to find out who owns the home so the city can inform the owner that it has been determined not habitable and that repairs are needed.

At the hospital, the man told police that his home had been without heat for some time because the gas was turned off. He said his 58-year-old wife and 22-year-old daughter were both staying there.

Officers at the hospital contacted a supervisor, who told them to check on the man’s family and the living conditions, reports said.

At the home, police spoke to the man’s wife, who allowed them inside. Reports said there was no furniture on the first floor. There was a small space heater in a first-floor bedroom, but it was still cold inside. Inside the room was a gun cabinet, six cushions and a home entertainment system.

There was no running water in the house because the pipes burst, but there was electricity, reports said. Both women also were taken to Northside to be checked for frostbite.

Reports said the woman asked police to take her husband’s eight rifles because she was afraid they would be stolen if no one was at the home. Police also told her she could not stay in a house with no heat or running water.

Police took the rifles for safekeeping, reports said.

City records show the water to the home was turned off Jan. 10.

The police department’s Family Investigative Unit also is looking into the case.


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1GoPens(397 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Countryboy, are your previous 99 comments as stupid as this one?

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276Ytown(1242 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

There has to be more to this story. Three adults in the house and no one has enough sense to find a way to get out of the cold? I say sell one of those guns and spend the night in a hotel before you lose your limbs to frostbite.

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3Attis(879 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

A middle-aged man has clothes frozen to his skin because of severe frostbite; his wife and daughter may also suffer from frostbite as a result of "living" in an unheated house in subzero conditions; heat was shut off weeks ago; water was shut off a few days ago. What's wrong with this picture? Plenty. Did the money-hungry folks who shut off the heat and water ever come to this house to investigate conditions before pushing this family to the brink of death? In a civilized society, poverty is not a death sentence by freezing.

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4justanotherface(5 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Poor people :-( ... Hope they find somewhere warm to stay... even a shelter is better than a house with nothing ... ive seen that first hand its so sad ...

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5pgurney(281 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't understand. Do these people have no other family, no friends, anyone that they could have stayed with? Even a shelter is better than this. As someone said above, there has to be more to it. I pray that they get the help they need.

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6Not_Gilligans_Ginger(129 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I know which house they live in and the owners live in Washington state according to auditor's records. When the 22 year old young woman was no more than 3 years old, she and her mother first began coming in the store where I worked. Clearly, something wasn't normal with the little girl... perhaps autism? The mother never divulged much information but I always thought there may be a history of mental illness with her. I never knew a man existed in their lives until about 6 weeks ago. I was tutoring at the Austintown library and the three of them came in. The now 22 year old young woman took a seat at a computer, the mother looked at newspapers as did the man. The man looked sickly, a gray-yellow color. The woman's hair, I hate to say it, literally looked like a rat's nest. Soon, their odor began to fill the reading corner of the library. I thought then that they probably didn't have running water. Some of the women who work at the library told me they had given them hygiene products to help them out. This is truly, truly a sad situation. I hope the authorities/social workers are able to find them housing, and they never have to be subjected to such adverse conditions again.

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7Nicki1991(1 comment)posted 7 months, 1 week ago

Not_Gilligans_Ginger, I don't have autism. You need to mind your business or you will go to jail. Stay out of our business or I will get a lawyer and testify against you. You are not our friend and never will. The only librarian that actually gave me hygiene products is Rosie.

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