Hoarding is Life Threatening

The Springfield Fire Department, in partnership with Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ Safe & Sanitary Homes Collaborative, conducted this side-by-side burn to demonstrate the dangers of hoarding in the home. The rooms are built identically. However, the room on the left has excessive clutter. The room on the right is well kept and uncluttered. Firefighters light a fire in the back of the rooms to demonstrate the difference in fire development between the rooms.

Hoarding is dangerous to those living in the home, as well as to rescue workers. If you or someone you know may be suffering hoarding disorder, please make a referral for help today.