Hoarding Becoming a Big Problem in Bucks County

all sort of colorful clutterCompulsive hoarding of animals and material good has become a major problem in Bucks County that it doesn’t only complicate fire and medical rescues. The hoarding problem also led to some reported deaths. A compulsive hoarding symposium was conducted at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown and it was attended by emergency personnel, medical professionals and social workers. The symposium was led by Dr. Gail Steketee, Dean and Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work.

The symposium started with a question. When asked how many from those who attended has dealt with a serious case of hoarding, almost every hand went up.

Bucks County Fire Marshal Nick Rafferty described some instances in which homeowners were trapped during a house fire. According to Rafferty, it took an extended period of time to locate the bodies of the victims since everything fell on top of them. Rafferty declined to name the victims though. Several people who attended the conference related their own experiences regarding serious cases of hoarding in their community.

To read more about this compulsive hoarding symposium, click here.

 

photo by: Natesh Ramasamy

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