Man continues to recover after suffering hypothermia in Oakland apartment



PITTSBURGH - Emergency personal were called to help an elderly man Tuesday who went several hours without heat inside his Oakland apartment building.

According to authorities, the 92-year-old man who lives in a building on Melwood Avenue was transported to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Residents said the building was without heat Monday night into Tuesday morning.

“All I know is the heat went off yesterday. I have an electric heater, so it didn’t bother me, but I came down and saw all of this going on,” tenant Bill Birsic said.

Channel 11’s Timyka Artist reported that the sickened man is also the landlord of the building. His name and condition have not been released.

“He’s a nice guy, real amenable. It’s ironic because he always asks about the heat, ‘Do we have enough heat?’ and things like that. I think it was just a technical problem,” Birsic said.

Dr. John Rittenberger, of UPMC, said emergency room visits have increased over the past couple of days as temperatures plummeted.

“As your core body temperature decreases, you lose your ability to shiver, so you initially shiver a lot trying to warm up, then you lose your ability to shiver. That can actually cause cardiac arrest,” Rittenberger said.