Police: ‘Extreme hoarding’ slowed rescuers from reaching body of man, ailing wife in Lewiston

Posted June 10, 2014, at 11:55 a.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Police say getting to a deceased elderly man and getting help to his wife was made more difficult Monday because of a case of what they call “extreme hoarding.”

Corporal Jeffrey Baril of Lewiston Police tells CBS 13 that the hoarding is not to blame for the death discovered at the home on Lincoln Street. Baril says the elderly male resident was already dead but the female resident needed medical help as well, and crews struggled to get into the house because of all the debris.

Crews arrived on scene late Monday afternoon. Baril says the house was so filled with debris they had to break through an upstairs window and pull it out before they could get in.

They say the man had suffered a medical event and had already passed away and the woman needed medical attention. They were finally able to get to her. A neighbor says the couple had lived on the street for at least 20 years.

Baril says the city will likely condemn the home. There’s no word on the woman’s condition.

 

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