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Fire crew battles hoarded items in addition to blaze

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Firefighters were on the scene of a fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were on the scene of a fire Sunday afternoon.
The fire produced heavy, smelly smoke. The fire produced heavy, smelly smoke.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville firefighters battled a dangerous house fire Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were on the scene of the fire at 613 Kennan Road in north Huntsville. The fire started around 2 p.m.

Firefighters had a tough time not only putting the fire out, but even getting inside the house. The house was filled from top to bottom with all kinds of stuff, even spilling out of the front door.

When fire crews arrived, heavy, odorous smoke was coming out of the roof. Neighbors said that one man lives in the house, and that he got out okay. According to witnesses, the man is a hoarder, which is why there is a giant dumpster in the driveway - the city put it there because he is supposed to be throwing things away.

Firefighters quickly found out that there was really no way to enter the home without crawling over materials. This made for a dangerous situation, since they could easily get lost or those materials could collapse. Firefighters began using axes to break windows and cut holes in the walls.

Crews were able to get the fire under control after about an hour. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, but it's believed to have started in the living room.

Even though the fire was out, crews had to work to remove all the materials from the home to get to the base of the fire and put out any hotspots.

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