INGRAM (KDKA) — Emergency crews removed the body of a man who was living in deplorable conditions.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the man as 90-year-old Stanley Bialowas, Jr. He was found dead in piles of trash and clutter.
Neighbors say the house on Danvers Street in Ingram had no running water or heat, but had electricity occasionally.
Firefighters were called to the house because a neighbor hadn’t seen Bialowas for several days.
Ingram Volunteer Fire Chief Dave Damp says it took his men about four and a half hours to locate Bialowas’ body after they got inside because of all the debris that filled every room.
Bill Gordon described his neighbor as a hoarder and an eccentric. He said there were times Bialowas would use his power tools at 3 a.m.
Lisa Jenkins, another neighbor, said Bialowas would sometimes start his truck in the middle of the night to keep warm.
Friends say Bialowis had heart problems and back problems over the past few years.
“He was a good gentleman, a real close friend – he would do anything for my family … we sent Christmas cards back and forth every year,” Ed Niewierski said. “No bad words I can say about him.”
Police say there’s no reason to suspect foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.