Faulty furnace kills 2 sisters in apartment, officials say

Sister found dead in Forest Park apartment

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Two sisters were found dead inside their Forest Park apartment early Monday morning, according to police.

According to the report, the sisters, 44-year-old Mary Johnson and 41-year-old Theresa Johnson, were found by their caretaker and died due to overexposure of heat from a faulty furnace.

Police said the women, who had developmental disabilities, were dropped off by their caretaker Sunday night. When she arrived Monday morning, she found them and called police.

When officers arrived on scene in the 1000 block of Pennington Court, they found the females not breathing.

“A faulty switch seems to be what caused the heat in the apartment to rise,” police told FOX19 NOW.

Officers said the temperature inside the women’s apartment was 104 degrees after doors and windows were opened.

“We did have a private company come in and look at the unit to see if something went wrong, something was broken. The initial report we got was a relay switch that regulates the temperature. That failed. At least that’s what we’re being told as of yesterday when they looked at it," Lt. Adam Pape with the Forest Park Police Department said.

The furnace was ultimately disabled at the circuit box.

Police checked other apartments for any heat issues and found none.

An official cause of death has not been ruled on by the coroner.

There are no inidcations of foul play suspected.

Forest Park Police said as of right now, no one is facing any criminal charges and that it seems to be a terrible accident.

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