An elderly man in Burnaby, B.C., spent three days pinned down under ceiling-high piles of his own junk. According to the CBC, the man's home had no working heat nor electricity.
Police and firefighters found the man suffering from severe dehydration and lack of circulation to his legs when they entered the extremely cluttered home.
Chainsaw-wielding first responders had to cut through the mounds of trash to reach the man, known to city workers as someone with mental health issues and hoarding problems.
"We made verbal contact with the guy but he basically told us he was trapped underneath a whole pile of debris, couldn't get out, couldn't move, hadn't moved in a couple of days," Corp. Dave Reid told the Burnaby News Leader.
"Had it been another day or two, with our cold temperatures, the outcome may have not been as good as it was. It was probably very rewarding for these firefighters," Assistant Fire Chief Greg Mervin told the CBC.