SACRAMENTO, CA - A hoarder's home offered plenty of fuel when it went up in flames Wednesday night.
Neighbors said the woman who lives at the home on the 2000 block of 66th Avenue, off Florin Road, had made threats to set her house on fire previously. Police detained her in front of her burned out house, but it is still unclear what will happen to her.
The woman's pet dog didn't survive the fire.
When Sarah Urbina saw her neighbor's home on fire, she grabbed her garden hose and tried to help put out the flames. When she saw the woman who lives at the home outside, she asked her what happened.
"She was telling me that she was lighting a candle inside the garage 'cause she was cleaning it out," Urbina said.
But Urbina was immediately skeptical of that explanation. Neighbors said for months the woman's behavior has been scaring them, especially one recent outburst.
"She said, 'I'm going to put my house on fire, and don't call 911,'" Urbina recalled.
"The police have been out numerous times trying to figure out what's going on with her, and she's just really been causing problems in the whole neighborhood," Neighbor Adam Bradley said.
Inside the home, firefighters found hoarding conditions, piles and piles of stuff packed so high and in so many places.
"It's hard to move around. Our lines that we take in are a lot harder to move around when there's cabinetry falling on top of them, stopping us from stretching the normal distance," Sacramento Fire Battalion Chief Chris Costamagna said.
With the fire out, attention shifted back to the woman living in the home.
"Been accused of terrorizing her neighbors, making threats to her neighbors, so the Sacramento Police Department's detained her," Costamagna said. "We're going to investigate the fire. She was home at the time of the fire, and we'll find out more as the day goes on."
Firefighters said the investigation could take several more days to determine the cause of the fire.