Hoarding Complicates Response to Roxbury Fire

Crews responding to a fire in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood found extensive clutter.

(Published Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

Firefighters responding to a blaze Wednesday morning in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood found piles of items spilling out the windows and doorways.

The 2-alarm fire that broke out at 35 W. Walnut Park was called in just before 8 a.m. Neighbors say the woman who lives at the home was hoarding all types of items.

"She was a bit of a hoarder, but I didn't know it was going to burn or anything like that," said Antonio Ranger, who lives nearby. "I just saw all the fire trucks and just a big cloud of smoke."

When NBC Boston crews arrived on the scene, the home was being boarded shut.

Crews in Boston responded a 2-alarm fire in the city's Roxbury neighborhood Wednesday morning.

(Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017)

"I wasn't really surprised," Ranger said. "I've known about it for a long time."

Ranger said the same woman has lived there for at least 20 years.

The Boston Inspectional Services Department says they've never received a complaint about hoarding at home.

"We'll do a title search and reach out to the owner of the property and start a line of communication for the future," said John Meaney, the assistant commissioner for Inspectional Services.

The department said the investigation is ongoing.