Polar vortex: Good Samaritan pays for 70 Chicago homeless to stay in hotel

Polar Vortex: Good Samaritan Pays For Hotel Rooms For 70 Chicago Homeless

A good Samaritan made sure that more than 70 homeless people had a warm place to sleep after their propane tanks were confiscated as temperatures fell in Chicago.

They had set up camps near an expressway. Wednesday morning, the temperature in the area was negative 22, with wind chills registering at negative 49. They were using more than 100 donated propane tanks to keep warm, but one exploded, the Chicago Tribune reported.

It was apparently too close to a space heater, WLS reported. 

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Fire officials found all the tanks when they responded to the fire, and declared it a Level I Hazmat situation, and all the tanks had to go, the Tribune reported.

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The Chicago Fire Department asked the public to not donate tanks because of the danger, WLS reported.

The Salvation Army had set up a warming center and volunteers there were prepared to help the dozens of people who had been displaced. But an hour after the call for help, officials were told never mind because someone paid for rooms at a hotel on Chicago's South Side. And the good gesture wasn't for just one night, it was for the remainder of the week, the Tribune reported.

The good Samaritan’s identity was not released and only one person decided to go to the warming center instead of the hotel,

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<p>People sleep in tents near a wooded area adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019, in Chicago.&nbsp;</p>

People sleep in tents near a wooded area adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway Tuesday Jan. 29, 2019, in Chicago.