Good Samaritan helps 70 homeless people stay in hotel during polar vortex

An unidentified good Samaritan reportedly agreed to foot the bill for 70 homeless people who were camped out on the streets of Chicago in subfreezing weather to stay in an area hotel.

The group, which had set up a makeshift camp, found themselves in trouble when one of about 100 donated propane tanks they were using to keep warm exploded.

The city, like others in the Midwest, has been enveloped by a blast of polar air that sent temperatures plunging to -23F (with wind chills reportedly making it feel like -50F).

The fire department confiscated the remaining tanks, fearing that further explosions could be “like a bomb going off.” Then it started making arrangements to send the group to a Salvation Army warming center, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Soon after, the charity was notified that an anonymous donor had offered to put the group up in a hotel.

“Isn’t that wonderful? At least they’re warm and they’re safe,” a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army told the newspaper, adding that “some wonderful citizen is going to put them up at a hotel for the rest of the week.”

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Metra trains go in and out of the Western Avenue Station in subzero temperatures on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Chicago. This is the busiest station with over 300 trains passing through here on weekdays. The tracks are heated with gas-fired switch heaters that help prevent switching problems in extreme weather. Metra spokesperson Meg Reile said, 'They are like giant gas grills.' (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
A pedestrian stops to take a photo by Chicago River, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States, in Chicago, Illinois.
The city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States, in Chicago, Illinois.
Workers help clear the parking lot at Monocacy commuter rail and bus station January 29, 2019 in Frederick, Maryland.
Commuters wait for the bus on South Pinckney Street in downtown Madison, Wis. as extreme temperatures hit the region.
Commuters drive into downtown Madison, Wis. on East Washington Ave. as extreme temperatures hit the region. 
A man and woman brave the elements during a polar vortex on as they prepare to cross the corner of Main Street and Salem Avenue in Carbondale, Pa.
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