Pa. FF burned battling fatal house fire

Fire officials said crews were challenged by extreme hoarding conditions in the home

By Laura French

MCCANDLESS, Pa. — A Pennsylvania firefighters was injured battling a fatal house fire amid extreme hoarding conditions on Monday. 

Peebles District Volunteer Fire Company Chief Matt Williams said crews had difficulty reaching the resident, who was trapped in the second-floor bedroom, due to the hoarding conditions, according to CBS Pittsburgh. Firefighters used chainsaws to cut through the roof while crews attacked the fire from all angles. 

The trapped resident, Faye Poshard, 68, was ultimately extricated but was pronounced dead at the scene, Williams said. One firefighter was transported to the hospital after suffering minor burns. 

Fire officials said crews had been at the home previously due to hoarding issues. Williams said hoarding can create a dangerous environment for firefighters due to the weight of the hoard potentially compromising the sturdiness of the structure, and because of the risk of unknown hazardous materials amidst the hoard. 


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