Chicago couple found alive under trash


Authorities say two people in their 70s were found buried under mounds of garbage in their home on Chicago's South Side.

PHOTOS: Inside the house of filth

Police Lt Dale Kingsley says their home was "packed from floor to ceiling" with garbage and may have to be condemned.

Chicago Fire Department paramedics conducting a well-being check on Monday evening found the stench so overpowering they had to don hazardous materials suits before going inside the home.

Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor says the man and woman were taken to Jackson Park Hospital in critical condition. A hospital nurse says their condition had improved by Tuesday morning.

MacGregor says the couple hadn't been heard from in three weeks.

Hattie Fields, an 83-year-old neighbour of the couple, said they had been living in the building for decades. "I've been here since 1965 and I can't remember if they were here then or not," she said.

She said she hadn't been able to see much of the house in recent years because the hedges had not been trimmed and had grown level with the second floor of the building.

Despite this, she said signs of neglect were obvious.

"The back yard is also full of debris," she said.



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