Jan 15, 2013 12:20 PM by Sarah Arevalo

Hoarding eyed in fatal fire

IllINOIS - Sam and Barbara Garland's home was ruined by a house fire Sunday morning.

Perkin, Illinois Firefighters were on the scene for 12 hours, forced to demolish the home to search for the victims buried inside.

They uncovered the bodies of the Garlands later that night.

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Cox says the amount of personal property in the house made it impossible to get inside.

"The front door was completely blocked. From what I understand the upstairs of the house was just packed to the ceiling with stuff," Cox said.

Cox says the fire started in the basement, but the cause is unknown. All of the evidence was destroyed in the flames.

"In digging through everything we found numerous extension cords... So if they plugged a space heater into an extension cord and it was fishing through all their stuff creating heat. Than there is a good possibility that contributed to it," Cox said.

Family members say that the couple had accumulated so many belongings that their living area was confined to the basement.


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