Firefighters Unable to Save Hoarder Due to Clutter

Many problems come along with having a hoarding disorder. Aside from becoming socially shunned and becoming a slave to all the items you’ve accumulated, another problem that arises that could result from having so many things is that fires could easily start and it would be difficult to come to your rescue due to the piles of clutter. This is exactly what happened when Janet Kemerling was trapped in a fire in her home.
According to The Chronicle Telegram, the 68-year-old senior was found on the ground floor of her home and had died due to smoke inhalation. Firefighters were unable to save her due to the magnitude of clutter blocking their path.
“She was a very intelligent person, highly educated and enjoyed what she did. She was a computer whiz. There wasn’t anything she didn’t know about photography, and she could teach it to anyone,” said Susan Wearsch, a close friend of Kemerling for 15 years.

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