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Contractors Begin Clearing Hoarder’s Former Apartment

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GRIFFIN Marty Griffin
Marty Griffin returned to KDKA-TV as an Investigative Reporter in...
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The cleanup started Friday inside of an apartment that was the home of a habitual hoarder.

A week ago, Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies ordered Ken Goldsmith out of his apartment in Friendship after a 10-month battle with his landlord, Connie Lucey.

Piles of trash are inside each room of the apartment.

“I never saw a thing like this in my life,” Mike Schur, a contractor, said.

He’s running the cleanup operation. Four or five guys are part of the crew clearing out the garbage.

Meantime, Lucey is disgusted with the legal process and the county health department which she says never got involved.

“I just don’t feel like there’s anyone I can go to,” she told KDKA-TV.

Ken Goldsmith’s mother came by the apartment.

The 82-year-old woman told KDKA-TV that she is heartbroken and feels helpless. She said she wants to help her son but she doesn’t know how.

She said unless he accepts help, she can’t get him into a facility.

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