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Hoarding Complicates Endicott Fire

Firefighters tell us they run into a variety of obstacles when they fight fires in Endicott, and on Tuesday, the problem was hoarding.

According to Endicott Fire Chief Joseph Griswold, "extreme hoarding behavior"  inside the home at 113 Roosevelt Avenue complicated access to the structure, and made the job of fighting the fire more difficult.

There were no injuries, but the house is considered a total loss.

"Because of the amount of debris in the building, it's got to be an exterior attack. We can't send anyone in there anymore. Because with the amount of debris on each floor and the weight we've added to it with the water, I'm surprised it hasn't collapsed already," said Endicott Fire Chief, Joseph Griswold.

The couple who live there were inside when the fire broke out, but they both got out safely.

The fire was reported by the homeowner shortly after 8:30am Tuesday  morning.

The fire chief says clutter and debris filled all four floors to their ceilings.

The fire began in the basement, near the furnace, and spread right up to the roof.


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