Long Eaton hoarder woman's body hidden under rubbish

Fire in Long Eaton
Image caption It took firefighters several hours to put out the fire

The body of a Derbyshire woman whose house caught fire was not found for three days due to the amount of rubbish in the property, an inquest has heard.

It took crews hours to put out the fire at the house on Welllington Street in Long Eaton in January 2011, as papers were stacked floor to ceiling.

Derby Coroner's Court heard how "obsessive hoarder" Linda Parkes, 59, had refused help for her problem.

The coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Giving evidence, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue's station manager David Paul said the most likely cause of the fire was piles of rubbish in the kitchen being set alight by gas rings on a hob which Miss Parkes used to keep herself warm.

"We had been unable to locate her anywhere," said Mr Paul. "Several rooms were full of debris, from the floor to the ceiling."

The court heard Miss Parkes was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder in 2005 but had declined offers of help from medical and social services staff.

Two months before her death she had been issued with a notice ordering her to tidy her garden.

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