Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hoarder found alive in smelly apartment

From the Daily News:

The awful stench coming from a Queens apartment on Monday was so bad that cops thought they would find a body inside.

But when firefighters busted down the the door, they found tenant Ming Li Sung was very much alive - and living with rotting garbage piled floor to ceiling.

Cops first noticed the horrible smell when they were called to the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City in the early morning for a domestic dispute.

The apartment looked like a landfill, with trash jammed top to bottom and pressing up against the flat's front door and rear window.

A broken fan, an old watering can and scores of sodden plastic grocery bags stuffed with wet garbage could be seen among the detritus.

When an FDNY haz-mat team arrived to start excavating the garbage, an army of cockroaches poured out into the second-floor hallway, West said.

Sung, 69, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for psychiatric evaluation, police said. He does not face any charges.


georgetheatheist said...

A modern-day version of the Collyer Brothers? (BTW have any of you read the E.L.Doctorow book on the Collyers?)

italian girl said...

Something tells me this apartment was stinking for years. No one did anything about this all this time? Not his family, neighbors or the landlord?

Anonymous said...

The Doctorow book is great although they take a lot of liberties with dates and locations. 128th Street in Harlem is nowhere near Central Park, their parents lived into the twenties and the two men died years before Vietnam. I suppose the took poetic license to make a point.

Ridgewoodian said...

There was a woman like that, owned a building on W 3rd St. and 6th Ave. Apparently was a recluse. Had hundreds of cats. When one would die the would throw it down into the basement. When she died they were months cleaning up the place. This was ten, twelve, fifteen years ago. Ever since a series of businesses have occupied the ground floor; all of them have gone out of business in short order.