Extreme hoarding case in Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Lewiston Code Enforcement officer is calling it the most extreme case of hoarding he has ever seen: a home on Lincoln Street was so full of belongings that the doors wouldn't open, and fire fighters had to break down windows to get inside.

Once they were able to get in, first responders recovered the body of a 66-year-old man. According to Lt. Mike McGonagle, the man died of an apparent "medical event" and his death is not considered to be suspicious.

The State Medical Examiner's office will be working to determine a cause of death. Police have not released the man's name.

Living with him was another woman, who was taken to a local hospital for evaluation after she was removed from the home.

Part of Lincoln Street was closed to traffic Monday evening, as the Lewiston Police and Fire Departments, State Police, Androscoggin Hazmat, and paramedics responded.

Police have not released any details about what led them to respond to the home initially.

Lewiston Code Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Baril said they will likely have to condemn the property.


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