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Arlington home being featured on 'Hoarding: Buried Alive' Wednesday

Posted by Brock Parker  March 12, 2013 05:09 PM

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The work of Arlington’s hoarding response team will be featured on an episode of TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive” Wednesday night.

The show explores the compulsion to accumulate and store large quantities of nonessential items. It will air Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Arlington’s Health and Human Services' Hoarding Response Team will be featured on the program for its efforts to work with an Arlington resident after receiving complaints about the condition of the person’s property, according to the town.

After Arlington officials found hoarding at the home, the town ordered that the home be brought into compliance with the state sanitary code. But because of the amount of items in the home, and the cost of the clean-up, the property owner agreed to work with TLC, according to a press release from the town Tuesday.

Christine Connolly, the director of health and human services for Arlington, said hoarded homes pose serious problems to occupants, neighbors and the public, in part because they attract rodents and are a fire hazard.

Arlington Health Inspector Jim Feeney, who worked on the case that will be featured on TLC, said he hopes the episode raises awareness locally.

“This particular case highlights not only the great success of the occupant, but also the effects this issue can have on the surrounding neighborhood,” Feeney stated in the press release. “I truly believe the process successfully created a more cooperative dynamic in this neighborhood.”

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