Compulsive Hoarding in London houses pose a serious fire risk. The accumulation of objects means that once a fire takes hold it can soon get out of control, and the amount of items can make it difficult for the occupants of the property to escape.
There were so many items in a hoarding property in Vancouver which was recently affected by a fire that fire officials have not yet managed to determine the cause of the fire.
The fire killed the unknown occupant of the property, but now it will be impossible to work out how it started. Captain Gabe Roder said that the evidence was “basically destroyed”.
Part of the problem was that they had to carry out a lot of demolition in order to access the house to find the body of the victim. The roof had to be torn off to find the body because it was too dangerous for the fire crews to enter, and they only managed to enter into the property about 15 feet before having to turn back. The property will now be torn down because it is a public safety concern.
The man who died inside the property, whose identity remains unknown, was also thought to have died without being near to one of the exits.
Hoarding is a growing problem in Vancouver, and the fire crews understand that it has to be dealt with delicately because it is a mental health issue. If items are simply removed from a hoarding property then the hoarder will often accumulate more.
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