Hoarder Fires

Hoarder Fires

Over the past few weeks there have been more tragic cases of fires in Hoarding conditions, fires that produced fatalities.  These horrific cases should drive home the need for us to train our firefighters how to handle these problems.  Here are two recent cases:

San Francisco Hoarding Fire:

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Denver Area Fire with Fatality:

Written by
Robert Allen

A late-night fire in a cluttered west Fort Collins home has claimed a 64-year-old woman’s life.Smoke filled the two-story residence on the 2600 block of Lodi Court, where firefighters used chainsaws Monday night to cut a hole in the roof for ventilation.“There was a ton of smoke,” said neighbor Cameron Freeman, 22. “When they cut open the roof, it was pouring out.”He saw paramedics use CPR to revive the woman outside the house, he said. The woman’s identity has not yet been released, and there were no other people in the house, according to Poudre Fire Authority……

Fire investigators began photographing the inside of the home Tuesday morning. Boxes, cans, bottles of supplements and more spread from the front door to several yards outside the home, and the garage was filled to the roof with assorted items. The clutter hindered firefighting operations, according to PFA.Firefighters encountered “an overwhelming amount of debris” in every room, said PFA spokesman Capt. Patrick Love.The fire broke out around 11:15 p.m. at the residence off Drake Road and Overland Trail. It was largely confined to the inside of the house.

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