May 4, 2014 10:00 pm

Fire destroys mobile home of apparent hoarder in Surrey

A man in his 60s is homeless after a fire tore through his mobile home in Surrey Saturday night.

The fire broke out around 8:45 p.m. in the trailer, which was located at the back of the Plaza Mobile Home and RV Park on  8266 King George Highway.

Crews had a tough time fighting the fire because according to neighbours there were no fire hydrants nearby, and the home was packed with junk.

Neighbours say the man who lives in the trailer, a retired music teacher, was a hoarder who sometimes brought home two bikes a day.

RCMP found around 100 bikes on the property.

Hoarding has been an issue in many municipalities.

The City of Vancouver has even set up a special task force to deal with it after a man died in a fire, trapped by his belongings.

City officials say they have received tips about more than 350 suspected hoarders.

No one was injured in the mobile home fire and officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.

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