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Hoarder House Fire

BY BILL GUSTIN Hoarding, also known as "pack rat" conditions, changed what should have been a routine room-and-contents fire in a small private dwelling into a long and difficult operation. This homeowner had, over several years, accumulated clothing, furniture, newspapers, and other items to the point that the house was filled from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. This fueled a nasty, smoldering fire, producing heavy, dense smoke that eventually flared up into open flame when firefighters created openings to ventilate and gain access. From the exterior, this appears to be a house that is well maintained and is in a nice suburban neighborhood. Photo 1 teaches a valuable lesson...

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