Dangers of fires in cluttered homes

All agencies in Springfield are required to report cluttered homes.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The dangers of house fires are maximized when the house is full of clutter.

Just this week, a man died in the eastern Massachusetts town of Scituate after his house caught on fire and firefighters couldn’t battle it effectively due to the clutter inside.

Springfield’s Deputy Director of Code Enforcement, David Cotter, said all agencies in the city are required to report cluttered homes to his office.

Cotter said he receives one to two dozen calls per year about cluttered homes, where he then makes arrangements to help the homeowner get rid of the problem.

Clutter in homes make it hard for firefighters to get to the source of the fire and even worse, get to victims who may be trapped inside. Cotter said according to national statistics, one in every 20 home in the country is subject to clutter.

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