PENSIONER KILLED IN LA MATA FIRE

Fire fighters discovered the lifeless body of a man in his 60s, who was said to have been suffering from Diogenes syndrome, also known as senile squalor syndrome, a disorder characterized by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor, social withdrawal, apathy, compulsive hoarding of garbage and lack of shame, after they were called to tackle a blaze at a home at calle Suiza on the Las Maravillas urbanization of La Mata on Saturday.

Early indications show that the man is likely to have died as a result of smoke inhalation, after fire fighters struggled for around three hours to control the blaze, and used a ladder to enter the premises which had become shrouded in thick smoke.

Investigators said that there was a considerable accumulation of “garbage objects” in the property, believed to have been collected over a number of years, which hampered their actions in trying to extinguish the blaze.

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