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Hoarding Conditions Hamper Firefighting Efforts in Waltham

By PETER LOBO, Correspondent | October 28, 2021 | MASSACHUSETTS

Story No. 102921101

WALTHAM, MA - On October 28th, a fire was reported at 11 Sunset Avenue in Waltham. Engines 1, 2 and 4, along with Rescue 1, Tower 1 and Medic 1 were dispatched.

Waltham Deputy Chief Capello was right around the corner from the fire and pulled up to see flames coming from the front of the house. He immediately ordered a working fire, bringing in Engine 7. Squad 5 was later special called.

Crews had difficulty fighting the fire due to the homeowner being a hoarder. They knocked the fire down in about 25 minutes and were overhauling for over an hour. There were no injuries reported.

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