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Homeless man injured by frostbite on Charleston's West Side

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Paramedics responded to a homeless man injured by frostbite Thursday morning on Charleston's West Side.

The man was picked up around 8:30 a.m. along Crescent Road and taken to CAMC General Hospital, Charleston Fire Department Capt. Les Smith said.

Smith did not know the severity of the man's injuries.

Temperatures dropped to about 16 degrees in Charleston on Thursday morning. Meteorologists from the National Weather Service also warned of dangerous wind chills across the state Thursday night lasting until Friday morning.

The Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center has adequate space available for men to escape the dangerous temperatures, an employee said. The Giltinan Center there holds 60 beds.

An employee at Sojourner's Shelter on East Washington Street said there is space for women left in the cold. Several of the beds are taken, the employee said, but the center never turns away any woman.

Meteorologists warned that freezing temperatures and strong winds would create conditions for frostbite and hypothermia Thursday night and Friday morning. The wind chill may read at 18 below zero, according to the warning.


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