Hoarding posed obstacles at Glendale mobile home

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(Source: Glendale Fire Department) (Source: Glendale Fire Department)
(Source: Glendale Fire Department) (Source: Glendale Fire Department)

A case of hoarding posed obstacles for Glendale firefighters trying to attack a blaze at a mobile home on Thanksgiving.

When fire crews arrived at 8400 N. 67th Avenue, the found the home was packed with items from floor to ceiling.

To make matters worse, all doors and windows were blocked, said Glendale fire spokesman Michael Young. 

The walls of the mobile home had to be removed from the outside for firefighters to fully extinguish the blaze, Young said. 

The items in the home included newspapers, magazines, personal papers, clothing, furniture, appliances, boxes and trash, according to Young. 

Two dogs were saved from the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Firefighters said residents should be aware about the dangers of hoarding items, which include:

  • Increased risk of fire due to the accumulation of combustibles such as papers, clothing and rubbish poses a severe fire hazard.
  • Blocked escape from fire due to the exits, hallways, windows and doors being obstructed by debris.
  • Extreme risk to emergency response personnel.
  • Risk of structural damage due to the weight of the items being hoarded.
  • Risk of injury or death due to being trapped under falling debris.
  • Risk of disease, injury or infestation by insects or rodents.

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