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Cleveland (OH) Fire Department Weighs Hoarders Task Force

The Cleveland (OH) Fire Department is considering creating a hoarders task force after a number of emergency incidents in which firefighters attempted to work in homes filled with debris. Fire department spokesman Larry Gray told The Cleveland Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/yIqhWy) that the goal would be to educate the public on hoarders and raise awareness. A fire on Wednesday afternoon underscored the issue. Firefighters responding to an afternoon call were told that a woman was trapped in a home on West 83rd Street in the city. Crews could not gain entrance through the first floor because of mountains of clutter blocking their way. Although firefighters managed to make entry through a se...

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