How to Deal with Fire in Hoarders’ Homes

Ryan Pennington, who has spent many years fighting fires, has also dedicated much of his time researching how to fight fires in homes that are filled with clutter. According to him, fire departments have seen a significant increase in “hoarding” fires in recent years throughout West Virginia and this occurrence adds another layer of risk to their already dangerous job.

Called duck-and-dive technique, firefighters would need to duck under the smoke and dive in. They would need to crawl on top of the piles in order to get inside the home. Oftentimes, the fire team would also need to drill holes on the sides of the house to help extinguish the fire.

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