2 alarm fire at "hoarder" house

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by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE---Firefighters spent hours Thursday night on the scene of a two alarm fire near 29Th and Forest Home.

Hoarding may have played a role.

A fire official on the scene tells CBS 58's Keith Meka that there were a lot of items inside the home that hampered their efforts to move within the structure and battle the flames.

The fire was first reported around 7:00 p.m.

The original call said the blaze began in the basement. When CBS 58 news crews arrived there was heavy smoke pouring out of the main body of the structure.

Fire officials would later confirm that the blaze had spread to all three floors of the structure..

The fire was upgraded to a two alarm because firefighters feared people may be trapped given the amount of clutter in the home.

Deputy Chief Terry Lintonen tells CBS 58 that, "It was very, very difficult to move around in the structure. In fact, we only have a few companies in the structure right now due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to move around."

Three people were inside the home when it caught fire. They were able to get out unhurt.

The fire is still under investigation.

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