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Attack from Above

Hoarder Attic Fires Good afternoon from the jumpseat! With the video we posted earlier from Fresno California showing the difficulties with fires in attic spaces of Hoarder houses we thought it would be a good time to hit a few learning points from it.  Hoarding poses real dangers and difficulties to firefighters.  From large amounts […]

Hoarder house fire kills lone occupant

Good morning from the jumpseat. As I return from my doctor’s appointment about my shoulder and listen to a 5-alarm fire in Brooklyn NYC I came across this horrific story of a hoarding fire fatality.  Take a moment to look at these dramatic pictures of after the fire was extinguished. These images are a great example […]

Animal hoarder charged with death of 20 pets

   By Michael Williams/Today’s Sunbeam from http://www.nj.com/ SALEM — An alleged animal hoarder was indicted recently on animal cruelty charges in connection with an incident earlier this year when 20 of her pets burned to death while trapped in a horse trailer. Brenda S. Rhodes, 60, was indicted by a Salem County Grand Juryon third-degree […]

PD: ‘Unusual’ note found at Phoenix house fire

Here is a link to a great article out of Phoenix Arizona. According to Steve Kuzi from Abc.15.com the fire department responded to a reported structural fire and found a vacant hoarder home at level 5.  While fighting the fire they found a disturbing note admitting to starting the fire and other crimes. This is a classic case of how […]

Hoarder without Boarders

Good evening from the jumpseat.  As I try to unlock the lid that has firmly planted it’self on my brain I wanted to give a shout out to some folks that have reached out to me.  After the past year and half of researching Fires in Hoarded conditions my amazement keeps growing.  I had no […]

Hoarder House Fire

View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com. These conditions are happening on a daily basis.  Many hoarders are reclusive and are not seen much.  God bless the family of this fire victim.  It’s time to take on this problem, HEAD ON, before you are called to a HOARDER FIRE. Stay tuned to more from the jumpseat!!! welcome […]

Leaders Toolbox!

I would like to send a huge thank you out to Dr. Richard Gasaway for the chance to record a podcast on Hoarding.   Remember  SA does matter .. http://www.firehouse.com/podcast/10729193/the-leaders-toolbox-heavy-contents-hoarder-homes welcome to the jumpseat!

Hoarder Survey Results

  Here are the results of the recent Hoarder fire survey sent out by the Chamber of Hoarders Staff.  Huge “thank you” to the USFA for sharing survey with the fire service community.  The response was overwhelming. 1.       Have you ever responded to a fire with Hoarder Conditions: Yes: 100%             No   0.00% 2.       How long did […]

‘Hoarder’ killed in Bethel Park fire

 By Peter Sullivan / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette An 83-year-old woman described as a hoarder was killed when her Bethel Park house caught fire this morning — burning faster because of its contents, fire officials said. The smoke at 85 Highland Road was reported at 5:01 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the blaze was already fierce. They tried to force […]

Hoarder Storage Fire

GLENDALE, Ariz. Courtesy of My Fox Pheonix – Firefighters rushed out to an apartment fire in Glendale and found a unit stuffed with belongings. This occurred near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Firefighters said the inside of one unit was just packed with stuff. Apparently, a hoarder was storing belongings there — but wasn’t […]