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Fire Chief: Hoarder house in Pittsylvania County makes it tough to battle fire

Fire crews rushed to Bonny Avenue in Cascade Tuesday to put out a house fire, but what they had to deal with inside presented an unusual challenge. (WSET)

CASCADE, Va. (WSET) -- Fire crews rushed to Bonny Avenue in Cascade in Pittsylvania County to put out a house fire, but what they had to deal with inside presented an unusual challenge. The fire happened Tuesday afternoon.

"They did find a lot of debris inside the home and I would call it a hoarder house," Chief Kevin Farris of the Brosville Volunteer Fire Department said. "It's very dangerous for what we do and having to go in and fight the fire."

Crews said the man and woman who lived at the house were at work when the fire started.

About 15 firefighters from Brosville, Bachelors Hall and Tunstall were on scene battling the blaze.

"The biggest issue was you know we didn't know if stuff was going to collapse over on our hose, collapse on us and pin us in," Farris said. "I mean it's a very dangerous situation having that much clutter in a house."

He said they could have used more help, given the circumstances.

"It's very tough and you need lots of man power," he said. "It takes a toll on the firemen that's there to do the job."

According to Farris, firefighters are seeing more cluttered homes.

"It makes it really difficult to get somebody out of a house like that," he said.

Another issue pointed out by Farris was difficulty with trying to find where the fire started while climbing over debris.

He said it took them more than three hours to make sure the fire was completely out.

The Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, but Farris believes it may have been an electrical problem.

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