Fire Rescue Delayed Because of Hoarding

Fire Rescue Delayed Because of Hoarding

Hoarding is a type of mental illness classified as an obsessive-compulsive disorder in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM-5. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), between 2% to 5% of the population suffer from hoarding disorders.

But it doesn’t only affect people’s daily living. For instance, it has made fire rescue very difficult during a house fire in Scottsdale last Tuesday morning. Several firefighters from Scottsdale and Tempe were present to alleviate the fire on a home located on Fillmore Street. Witnesses say that flames were shooting from the house and smoke was very black and visible.

To make sure that nobody was injured inside the burning building was the firefighters’ main responsibility. However, the crew had difficulty getting inside the house and evacuating the inhabitants because it was too packed with stuff.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation while the authorities are also trying to locate the owner.

Read Hoarding conditions complicate house fire in Scottsdale to be updated.

photo by: Rescuenav

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