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WATCH: Crews remove excessive combustibles from east-end home

Toronto Fire division chief Jim Stoops says they got a court order to enter the home and remove any materials that posed a fire hazard.

Eight months after 50 cats were removed from a home in the east-end, crews were back at the home to clean out "excessive combustibles."

Toronto Fire division chief Jim Stoops says they got a court order to enter the home and remove any materials that posed a fire hazard.

"Going upstairs, you can't always make it up the stairs. You can't get into the rooms," he says of the kind of excessive hoarding that allows officials to take action.

Workers in full protective suits and masks spent the day coming in and out of the home, carrying out rugs, cardboard, plastics, household items, wood, even a fridge. There was enough material to fill a couple of large garbage bins.

While crews worked, the home owner, Barbara looked distressed.

"I needed help. I didn't need to be abused any more," she told our affiliate station CP24.

Neighbours like Sue, who lives across the street, say they are happy the city took action.

"I'm angry and frustrated," she says of the situation.

Her biggest worry is that a fire in the duplex would spread next door, where a family lives.

"I actually went to bed in fear that I would wake up in the morning and lose my neighbours," Sue says.

Crews will continue cleaning the home on Tuesday.

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