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Brewer man removed from home after feces found; structure condemned

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
Brewer city officials, police and fire officials wait outside 21 Tibbetts St. in Brewer on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. An elderly man was removed from the structure and taken to the hospital. Brewer officials are in the process of condeming the house.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — A man in his late 60s or 70s was removed from his Tibbetts Street home Tuesday afternoon after police found the dwelling filled with human feces, City Manager Steve Bost said from the scene.

“It’s difficult to even approach the house; it’s that awful,” the city manager said just after 1 p.m. as the homeowner was removed by stretcher.

Firefighters used face masks when they entered the one-story home at 21 Tibbetts St. to retrieve the homeowner.

“We’re taking him to a safer and cleaner environment so he can get some help,” Bost said, adding the man apparently lives alone.

Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt and Sgt. Arden Jones went to check on the man after the city got a call from a plumber who was supposed to do repairs. The Bangor Daily News is not identifying him because he has not been charged with a crime.

“We got a call from a plumber who was asked to go in and take care of some issues and he wouldn’t go in,” Bost said. “The house is not habitable. The house is full of raw fecal material. It’s everywhere.”

The homeowner met the police officers out in the front yard and refused to leave even after they asked him not to go back inside the home, which shows no outward signs of problems.

Moffitt and Jones “determined that they didn’t want him to go back inside, but they couldn’t stop him until we condemned the house,” Bost said. “We acted on it immediately.”

When police and an ambulance arrived at the home about 1 p.m., the homeowner did volunteer to be removed, the city manager said. He was taken to an area hospital for observation and Adult Protective Services, a part of the Department of Health and Human Service, also responded.

Assistant health officer Stewart Brooks deemed the home unfit for human habitation, Bost said.

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