Fire Department

Fire Department response to a hoarding issue will depend on how the call comes in. If the situation is emergent the response will be immediate as with any other emergency. If the call comes in from a concerned party for a non-emergent situation the fire department has the authority, Under MGL 148, sec. 5, under strict guide lines, to enter upon the property, order a remedy, bill the responsible party for the clean-up, and if this doesn’t work to fine the responsible party up to $ 50.00 for each 48 hours of non-compliance. This would be probably be a last resort. A more likely response would be to meet with the property owner, in the company of other representatives, to point out and recommend ways to abate hazards and to arrange a follow–up inspection to insure compliance. The object in this situation is hazard removal in the least punitive manner.