Faculty Advisor

Kinicki, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Weininger, Stephen J.

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


In recent years, research and awareness of the hoarding condition has been increasing. This study is the first attempt to examine hoarding from a fire safety perspective. Novel data collection techniques, including the interview of Brigade, local government, and psychology clinic personnel, were used. Data were also collected via the nationwide Australasian Incident Reporting System. Considering the past ten years, 48 hoarding fire incidents in Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire District were identified. These hoarding incidents accounted for approximately 0.25% of all residential fires and 24% of preventable fire fatalities during the same timeframe. Hoarding fires, which typically involved elderly males, required a much greater allocation of resources than average residential fires.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry