Neighbours tell of misery living next door to hoarder

Echo: Neighbours tell of misery living next door to hoarder Neighbours tell of misery living next door to hoarder

NEIGHBOURS living next to a hoarders’s house which blazed for more than five hours have told how their home was wrecked by water as firefighters battled to contain the blaze.

Trevor Wilson, 45, and wife Kelly, had to evacuate their home in Gambleside, Vange, on Sunday morning after it became filled with thick black smoke.

It was after Alan Wrigley, aged in his 70s’, home - which was packed with 25 years worth of clutter - next door caught fire at 8.30am.

The couple also told of the nightmare of living next door to a hoarders, whose garden was also littered in junk, including 12 trollies and a dead cat buried under rubbish.

It took firefighters more than five hours to put out the flames due to the huge amount of smouldering junk filling each room, and four fire engines full of water were poured onto the house.

Trevor said: “Because of the amount of water it just seeped into our house. The carpets were waterlogged and we have had to pull them up.

It was only fitted in the lounge a year ago and laminate flooring in the hall six months ago. It will cost us about £1,000.

The Wilsons have pulled up their carpet, taken down the Christmas tree and some wrapped presents were also destroyed.

Kelly said: “We couldn’t see there was so much smoke in the house when we woke up. We were out for most of the day because of this.

We are still going to enjoy Christmas though with the whole family. The way I see it it could have been a lot worse and we are all safe.”

She also said the firefighters who stopped the fire spreading were incredibly brave. The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental but the fire service is trying to establish the exact cause.

It has also been claimed Mr Wrigley, a former professor, lost a clutter-filled home to a fire in Pitsea in similar circumstances 25 years ago before moving to Gambleside.

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10:52am Fri 14 Dec 12

joeyjojo says...

Surely they can claim from his insurance that's if he had any for their damage. Not going to be sorted before Christmas though is it.
Surely they can claim from his insurance that's if he had any for their damage. Not going to be sorted before Christmas though is it. joeyjojo
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11:20am Fri 14 Dec 12

andy:) says...

I would of thougt that even if he was insured, a insurance company would have good grounds not to pay up. That fact that the very same thing appears to hav e happened before shows how dangeroud it is to live with crap pilled up in every room.
I would of thougt that even if he was insured, a insurance company would have good grounds not to pay up. That fact that the very same thing appears to hav e happened before shows how dangeroud it is to live with crap pilled up in every room. andy:)
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11:24am Fri 14 Dec 12

bumper says...

who give anyone the right to say what people can save in there own home
this peas me off its that persons home he can save what he or she wants
bad look there was a fire but your house insurance should sort that
if he wanted to save crap that is his business keep your nose out i say ...
who give anyone the right to say what people can save in there own home this peas me off its that persons home he can save what he or she wants bad look there was a fire but your house insurance should sort that if he wanted to save crap that is his business keep your nose out i say ... bumper
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11:26am Fri 14 Dec 12

black jack ketchum says...

Shame the neighbours couldn't have helped him instead of complaining, poor man :(
Shame the neighbours couldn't have helped him instead of complaining, poor man :( black jack ketchum
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11:38am Fri 14 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

living next door to a hoarders


to a hoarder
[quote]living next door to a hoarders[/quote] to a hoarder Eric Whim
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11:51am Fri 14 Dec 12

AndyBSG says...

bumper wrote:
who give anyone the right to say what people can save in there own home
this peas me off its that persons home he can save what he or she wants
bad look there was a fire but your house insurance should sort that
if he wanted to save crap that is his business keep your nose out i say ...
When what he does has an impact on the health and safety of those around him then the local council has a right and a duty to intervene.

If it hadn't been a fire that caused this problem there would have been other concerns such as sanitation and vermin issues.
[quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: who give anyone the right to say what people can save in there own home this peas me off its that persons home he can save what he or she wants bad look there was a fire but your house insurance should sort that if he wanted to save crap that is his business keep your nose out i say ...[/p][/quote]When what he does has an impact on the health and safety of those around him then the local council has a right and a duty to intervene. If it hadn't been a fire that caused this problem there would have been other concerns such as sanitation and vermin issues. AndyBSG
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12:31pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Ironman says...

Too many people think they have a divine right to do what they like nowadays, irrespective of the effect on other people.

People should learn that anything is ok as long as it doesn't adversely effect others.It's called being part of a socially responsible society.

Did anyone report this situation to the Council? Did they respond?
Too many people think they have a divine right to do what they like nowadays, irrespective of the effect on other people. People should learn that anything is ok as long as it doesn't adversely effect others.It's called being part of a socially responsible society. Did anyone report this situation to the Council? Did they respond? Ironman
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1:44pm Fri 14 Dec 12

I-say-you-say says...

bumper wrote:
who give anyone the right to say what people can save in there own home this peas me off its that persons home he can save what he or she wants bad look there was a fire but your house insurance should sort that if he wanted to save crap that is his business keep your nose out i say ...
Who gives anyone the right?! How about the Health and Safety Executive, Environmental Health and The Government?!

I would like to see you being so calm if your home and belongings had been destroyed by someone's selfishness and clear disregard for rules and regulations.
[quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: who give anyone the right to say what people can save in there own home this peas me off its that persons home he can save what he or she wants bad look there was a fire but your house insurance should sort that if he wanted to save crap that is his business keep your nose out i say ...[/p][/quote]Who gives anyone the right?! How about the Health and Safety Executive, Environmental Health and The Government?! I would like to see you being so calm if your home and belongings had been destroyed by someone's selfishness and clear disregard for rules and regulations. I-say-you-say
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4:43pm Fri 14 Dec 12

maxell says...

You would make a claim on your own insurance , its your insurance company that will seek to secure damages from the third party,
You would make a claim on your own insurance , its your insurance company that will seek to secure damages from the third party, maxell
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8:54pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
Shame the neighbours couldn't have helped him instead of complaining, poor man :(
Sorry idiots like you make me angry.

You obviously have never lived next door to a nutter !

I feel for the neighbours and there should be something in law which states that if a Neighbour is endangering your life or property then action can be taken.

As for a stupid remark like help them, I would think in 99% of the time that would be point blank impossible.
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: Shame the neighbours couldn't have helped him instead of complaining, poor man :([/p][/quote]Sorry idiots like you make me angry. You obviously have never lived next door to a nutter ! I feel for the neighbours and there should be something in law which states that if a Neighbour is endangering your life or property then action can be taken. As for a stupid remark like help them, I would think in 99% of the time that would be point blank impossible. Brunning999
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