Not only was it hard to get into the house, but the clutter possibly fueled the fire as well. It is just a sad reminder that our living spaces really are our "living spaces" and should not be a contributor to our death, but contribute to a healthy life.
If you know someone who struggles with collecting, cluttering or hoarding and it has become a health & safety hazard, there is assistance. Several organizations can assist, mentor and provide the help that is needed to address this disorder. One that I am familiar with and also recommend is the Human Services Agency of San Francisco. Please check out their website http://www.sfhsa.org/397.htm.
A few months ago I attended a NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) meeting where the gave a presentation on their services. It was not only educational, but emotionally moving listening to all the success stories from mentors who are recovering clutterers.
You have heard the saying "it takes a village to raise a child"? Well it takes a well equipped organization and time to assist with the disorder known as hoarding, but it can be done.