Hoarding Addiction Judgment Leads to Fatal Permanent Outcome

by Hal Mooz 17. August 2012 12:19

Hoarding plays role in double fatal fire in SF

San Francisco's fire chief has a major warning for everyone in the wake of an overnight fire in the Excelsior District that killed two men. Firefighters said this looks like an extreme case of hoarding. A large pile of belongings is on the driveway so it would not flare back up, but they said that pile was nothing compared to what was found inside. Firefighters said there was so much stuff stockpiled inside the home, they had a hard time getting to the victims. "It took longer than it normally would in a house that would be free of the debris. It took us about 20 minutes to get the first victim and then another 10 or 12 minutes to locate the second victim," said San Francisco Fire Dept. Chief Joanne Hayes-White. Normally she said it would just take a minute or two. One firefighter said two of three rooms had stuff stacked all the way to the ceiling. In the kitchen he said you couldn't get to the sink."I had a hard time walking through and I had the benefit of having it cleared of smoke and flames, so the crews did an incredible job in suppressing the fire and trying to attempt rescue," said Hayes-White. People in the neighborhood said they could tell there was a possible hoarding issue without even going inside the home."When you look through the windows you could just see piles and piles of things. Firefighters said it appears one of the men did get up and try to escape. Neighbors said the other man was bed ridden. "They were nice people, one of them was real sick, the other one was a really good guy and took care of the other one," said neighbor Thomas Kennedy.The chief said hoarding is more common than you might think, but this is an extreme case.   








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