Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tempe firefighters see hoarding trend

by Rebekah Zemansky

Firefighters in Tempe had no reason to suspect anything but a house fire, but when three of them walked up to the front door, an explosion hit them with a wall of flame. Two were injured, including a fire captain burned on his face and hands.

It turned out that rooms in the house were piled high with newspapers and household items that helped the fire spread quickly. An older couple who live in the home were hoarders - people who accumulate items and sometimes animals to the degree that they overwhelm their homes.

There have been five hoarding-related fires in Tempe in the past six months, and officials and first responders call that a symptom of a rising problem as Arizona's population ages..." More

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