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Norwalk Man Dies In Fire In Home; Firefighters Battle Hoarding Conditions

One person died Saturday in a fire in a Norwalk home where firefighters encountered hoarding conditions.
One person died Saturday in a fire in a Norwalk home where firefighters encountered hoarding conditions. Photo Credit: Rick Reardon
Norwalk firefighters battle a smoky blaze Saturday at 30 West Rocks Road. One man died in the fire.
Norwalk firefighters battle a smoky blaze Saturday at 30 West Rocks Road. One man died in the fire. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire - Marine Company, Engine 3/Facebook
The fire in a home at 30 West Rocks Road produced smoky conditions.
The fire in a home at 30 West Rocks Road produced smoky conditions. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire - Marine Company, Engine 3/Facebook
Firefighters battle the smoky blaze at the Norwalk home on Saturday.
Firefighters battle the smoky blaze at the Norwalk home on Saturday. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire - Marine Company, Engine 3/Facebook
The home at 30 West Rocks Road was heavily damaged in the fire.
The home at 30 West Rocks Road was heavily damaged in the fire. Photo Credit: Rick Reardon
The Stamford Fire Department sent an engine and firefighters to assist at the blaze.
The Stamford Fire Department sent an engine and firefighters to assist at the blaze. Photo Credit: Rick Reardon
The Stamford Fire Department sent an engine and firefighters to assist at the blaze.
The Stamford Fire Department sent an engine and firefighters to assist at the blaze. Photo Credit: Rick Reardon

NORWALK, Conn. — A man died Saturday in a blaze that ripped through his Norwalk home, which was filled with items in what firefighters called a hoarding situation, according to The Hour.

The man who died in the fire at 30 West Rocks Road was identified by a neighbor as Frederick Bassler, The Hour said.

The fire was reported at about 1:15 p.m. by a passing motorist who saw smoke, and it took two hours to extinguish, The Hour said.

When firefighters arrived, they searched the home, found Bassler on the first floor and performed CPR after taking him outside, the story said.

Related story: Woman who died in fire is identified as probe continues into hoarding conditions

Firefighters reported extreme hoarding conditions inside the home, with piles of trash 3 feet high in every room with a narrow path through the home, The Hour said.

The firefighters had to cut holes in the roof to battle the blaze.

The Stamford Fire Department responded with an engine and firefighters to assist.

This was the second fatal fire in two months in Norwalk with hoarding conditions.

Last month, 67--year-old Alice Klavun died of smoke inhalation in a fire in her home on Bettswood Road.

Klavun was an avid knitter and kept parrots at her home, which was filled with debris in what firefighters described as hoarding conditions.

Items almost reached the ceiling of the home, and firefighters were forced to crawl on top of the debris to find the victim, fire officials said.

Click here to read the story at The Hour website.

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