One of the very real dangers of hoarding is the risk posed by fire. The accumulation of too many objects within a home can not only increase the risk of a fire becoming more serious in a short space of time, but it can also impede the firefighters whose job it is to quell the blaze.
This was exactly what occurred recently when a house fire broke out in Tempe, Arizona.
When firefighters arrived on the scene they discovered huge piles of newspapers, cardboard and aluminium cans in the house, and as a result they were unable to do their job properly.
AZCentral.com reported Lt. Michael Reichling as saying that his team could not get inside to put out the fire, and as a result they could not save the house.
It has been confirmed that the 47-year-old man who lived there managed to escape, so tragedy was at least averted and it could have been a lot worse. But it exposes once again the dangers posed by compulsive hoarding.
The firefighters described how stacks of newspapers, cardboard and aluminium cans were stacked up in piles stretching up to the ceiling. As a result, it became impossible for the firefighters to perform a search and rescue, and their role was limited to just an evacuation.
Now there are increasing calls for greater regulation to be brought into force to reduce potential hazards found in hoarding house before a fire takes hold and it is too late.
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