Fire In Hoarder’s Home Proves Hard To Fight

BRENTWOOD, Md. (January 6, 2013)--Firefighters in suburban Washington, D.C., say they had to resort to battling a fire using foam because the burning house was so full of "stuff" they couldn't work inside the structure.

Prince George's County firefighters responded to the fire in the two-story home Friday evening in Brentwood, Md.

They tried to get inside but had to evacuate because of what they call "hoarder conditions" inside the home.

Fire officials say combustibles were stacked from floor to ceiling in some parts of the house.

A department spokesman says the firefighters retreated and decided to fight the fire with foam from the outside instead.

Foam is used to coat the burning material and smother the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Damage was estimated at $25,000.

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