Responders Fear 'Booby Traps' at Fatal MA Fire

A dead man was found inside a burning Andover (MA) home that was set to be sold at auction next week after the propery was foreclosed on. Firefighters found the man's body in an upstairs bedroom, but first they were confronted with evidence that suggested the home had been booby-trapped. The State Police bomb squad was dispatched and did not find any traps. Three dogs also died in the fire.

Besides the tragic human and animal loss, this incident suggests possible additonal hazards for firefighting crews responding to calls at properties that have been foreclosed on, especially given the tremendous economic difficulties facing homeowners after the housing bubble burst.

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