Kevin had wondered for a while why Ruth had sat in her car. The elderly lady, after all had a nice home down the driveway! He knew that she was a nice old lady, but he had not seen her linger inside her home once. When he entered the home, the awful smell that greeted him frightened him. He saw piles of garbage no matter where he looked. This was how he learned that the house was uninhabitable indeed. The fact is that he had no idea just how bad it really was…
Kevin Did Not Know His Neighbor Very Well
The two of them have now been neighbors for a few years. Kevin Burns, in spite of this, did not know anything about Ruth. She was a pensioner and lived by herself, but that was pretty much all he learned about the elderly lady. This all obviously changed, when the two of them have become buddies!
She Had A House But Lived in A Car
It was hard not to remember how every night, she only slept her car. When her house was practically a foot away, he had no idea why she would want to do such a thing. He had not seen her move inside the building, however, for a few weeks already. What could the issue be here?
He Wanted To Know What The Problem Was
He would check whether she was up and say hello to her every time he passed by her car. There were moments when he had a discussion with him. He was able to put together what was happening with the old lady as he proceeded to do all this. He felt sad knowing that she was in her car, living and sleeping. He knew there must be a reason why she did anything like that. But why would anyone in the first place want to live like that?
Her Entire Life Was In The Car
He saw that she didn’t even feel comfortable of her present condition as he peaked through her car. But what on earth made her feel like that? She was still, after all a person with her own house and a car. She may have retired a few years ago, but it seemed like she was still doing a lot better than most of them.
There Was Something Wrong With The House
You could quickly tell if you looked at her house that something was different about it. The blinds were all locked, first of all. In the past, it must have been gorgeous, but it was in serious need of repair. Although the windows were coated in dust, the paint was faded. The front yard still had overgrown turf. Kevin wondered if she needed a hand for the position to be repaired.
The Window Had Not Been Repaired For A Long Time
Yet a smashed window noticeable from the front yard was the most noticeable indication that it was in poor condition. Kevin, who began to wonder if animals had taken up residence in the building, was concerned about this. Might this be what terrified Ruth from living in her car? The reality about the window was much sadder than that, however.
No One Was Allowed Inside Her House
Kevin saw one day that she was in pain. He heard her moaning as he walked by her. He noticed that she was going through a few plastic bags in the backseat after checking on Ruth. “What’s gone wrong? “Asked him. She said three words to him which were enough to make him fully realize what was really going on.understand what was actually going on.
A Normal Day For Her
Ruth’s average day included a trip to the local fitness center and using the bathroom to clean up. She would get fast food after that, which she would eat during the day and then go back to the car. She kept her stuff and there she slept. Unfortunately, the car was in horrible condition as well and didn’t seem to work anywhere.
She Had Misplaced Something
She carefully listed all of the items that she had with her as she went through her stuff in the car. She took only the most important things from her house when she made up her mind to truly live in her car. It turns out however that something significant to her inside the house was forgotten by her. But what might that be?
It Was Nowhere To Be Found
Kevin wondered if she had forgotten something when he first saw her rummaging through her stuff. It turned out he was right. Ruth ended her search and pointed to her house with a finger. ‘In the house,’ she said to him. At that moment, tears were in her eyes. “I left it in the house!”
The House Intimidated Him
She was afraid to leave the car and walk into her building. At the time, because the vehicle did not even work anymore, this did not make a lot of sense to Kevin. Then she told him, “You might be able to go inside and get it!” “The good thing was, he didn’t mind doing this. After all it provided him with the opportunity to actually get an answer to his question. What was Ruth so scared of inside her own house, exactly?
The Roof Needed To Be Repaired
He put matters into his own hands and told her that he was going to retrieve her valuable object inside the house. Ruth told him she wanted to take the picture of her parents that she had forgotten to carry with her. Kevin went into the house and, when he saw the shattered shingles on the front lawn, he felt a twinge of anxiety. He wondered how long the hole in the roof had been there.
He Looked Through The Window
It soon became apparent as he kept going to the house why Ruth loaded her possessions and stayed instead in her car. It suddenly makes sense why she had been camping all those years in her car. Kevin looked out the window and saw piles of paper, trash, and clothing. What made it even worse was that from inside he got a whiff of an awful scent!
The Door Stopped Everything From Spilling Out
He was met by piles of garbage as soon as he entered through the front door, which dropped right at his feet. The garbage in the house would have poured out onto the front lawn from the way things looked if it had not been for the door. Was it a mistake to accept the old lady’s request?
She Asked Kevin To Go Inside
Kevin was told by Ruth that she was searching for an old photo of her parents. Upon entering the home, he saw that the house was completely unfit for living. Actually due to all the garbage on the floor, he had a hard time getting from one room to the other. To make his way through the house, he had to hang onto the walls. On top of that, due to the bad smells, it was impossible to breathe.
She Wanted Something In The House
He wanted to play the good Samaritan, and he took it up with her. At that time, he wanted nothing more than to get as soon as possible out of that location. He was still full of curiosity about this place, in spite of this. But how was he supposed to find a single photograph in the midst of that mountain of stuff?
Trash Was All Over The House
The worst part of the house turned out to be the kitchen. This was the place the scent came from! It was the cause of all the dirty dishes Ruth had left in the sink before she left the house. While entering the room, Kevin had to pinch his nose. He was beginning to worry about the quality of the air there.
The Whole Place Smelled Terrible As Well
It was evident that nobody had been in the residence for quite some time. How did it even get to this condition? Kevin had no idea where he would even look for a photograph. It will take weeks, after all, to go through all of this stuff! He was also afraid the house would crumble with him in it.
Every Single Room Was A Mess
Many of the rooms looked the same to Kevin. He noticed piles of stuff no matter the way he faced. The whole area, and then some, was in utter disarray. He began to understand why Ruth wanted not to actually live in her car as he explored the house some more. The house has been a mess!
He Began His Search
He would have to start at one point or another if he were going to find her picture. It was for this reason that he stared at the papers that looked older than the others. In the hopes of finding the photo, he began to go through them. It was going to take him, though at least hours at the pace he was going to go.
He Found Piles Of Trash Everywhere
Kevin went through a pile of papers but didn’t find anything important. He shoved one side of the pile and glanced to his right. When he stared at all the stacks of folders, magazines, and articles waiting for their turn, Fear filled him in. It looked like going through all of them one by one was the only way to find the photo.
There Was Dust No Matter Where He Looked
It was apparent the mess wasn’t fresh. Actually, in order to keep himself safe from all the dust in the room, he had to wear a face mask and gloves. Dust came out as he went through the artifacts. There was also a possibility that in decades, these items had not been moved. Ruth would not have been able to pass any of these papers on her own in her old age.
An Old Book Led Him To The Right Direction
Kevin could tell when he took a good look at an old book that he was getting warmer with his quest. In a box containing sentimental items, such as a framed diploma and an old trophy, he found this book. It was fascinating to see that, like the other stuff in the room, it did not have as much dust on it. He eventually found the photo after searching through its contents! But how does he get out of there?
He Finally Found What He Was Looking For
It impressed Kevin to see how the photograph was in excellent shape. Just about everything in the house did not match this. The picture was fading and discoloured, but, especially compared to the majority of the stuff inside there, it was still in good shape. Now that he had the picture with him, he was able, as soon as he could, to get out of the door. After finding an old and decrepit bookcase, his strategy changed.
There Was A Doorway Behind The Bookshelves
Seeing the bookcase was bizarre. Kevin saw, as it had been pushed a little to one side, that there was a gaping hole behind it. He forced them further out and went into the room, knowing that he may not have another chance to inspect it. He fell into a position by doing this that he didn’t intend to find!
He Had To Crawl Through A Hole
He could tell that the hole had served as an entrance to another space. It was thin, and he had to go through it and crawl. But why in the first place did they need to conceal this place behind a bookshelf? He wondered if, in another place in the building, he was going to find another blocked entrance to the same space.
Cobwebs Were Blocking His Way
It did not make sense for this tunnel to be the main entrance to the space, based on its size. After all, crawling inside and out of it every single time would be uncomfortable. It was really messy on top of that. All the clues that he needed to find out that no one had used it in a while were the cobwebs.
Old But Pristine Photos All Over The Walls
The sight that greeted him shocked Kevin. Nothing in the room looked like the rest of the house! It was in good shape, for one thing. It was probable that the lighting was dim, but he saw colored images lining the wall. The person who stayed in that room must have been very important to them.
The Hidden Room Was Untouched
Aside from the photographs, he also found toys and clothes in the bedroom. In this building, this could be the only clean room, so he wondered why it was so different from the rest. Why was this position held by Ruth but not by the others? However, he did not have time to speculate, as the foul odor in this field was much worse!
A Disturbing Sight Caught Him By Surprise
In the hallway beside the mystery room was the worst thing he saw in the house. He was disturbed to discover a dense black mold coating on the ceiling. If you didn’t know, it would be very bad for our welfare. In fact, in large quantities, it may even be deadly. It was very hot in this part of the building. The paint had actually begun not only to flake but also to slip off the walls.
He Knew He Had To Get Out Of There
He knew that unless he was wearing the proper gear, he could not be in the building. He had to ensure, after all, that his lungs were not going to suffer any injury! When he returned to the building, he was ready to wear a protective suit to filter the air for him. But he wasn’t able to do it alone.
It Was A Huge Health Hazard
He told Ruth when he got out of the house that her house was not secured. After hearing about the black mold, she confessed, “I had no idea it had gotten so bad.” The couple decided they were going to visit the house with a professional to take care of the black mold. Kevin also decided to bring up the room that was in good shape in addition to the health threat. He was dying to be able to know more!
They Had To Demolish The House
After the specialist paid a visit to the property, he advised Ruth that she had no other choice but to knock down the house. But they had to do so in a way that would not threaten the staff or neighbors. The only thing they could do was kill everything in the house within a short period of time.
It Was The “Worst They Had Ever Seen”
“Her situation was the worst they had ever seen,” according to the team that visited her home. In addition, without putting the lives of those in the neighborhood at risk, it was difficult to get rid of the mold. They had to ask the fire department for help, which was charged with doing just the opposite of their work. They needed to launch one then and there instead of putting out a burn!
What To Do With Her Things
But what was she going to do with her stuff? Most of the things inside the house had to be taken to a landfill, obviously. The house had so much mold that, with the exception of a few things, they had no choice but to ruin it. Their exposure to the mould has created health risks for them
Everything Had To Go
They worked together with the firemen and a few volunteers to get her stuff to the yard. Her things were packed up after that and then shipped abroad. But how did Ruth feel about all the effort required to get the house clean? Let us just assume that they were all taken by surprise by her reaction!
A Final Check Before The Demolition
The fire department performed a final search and planned for the demolition of the house until those things were no longer in the house. We are delighted to learn that there are people in the area who have not refused to come and help out. They cleared the area so the demolition could finally begin.
They Tried To Save What They Could
Ruth was able to get a few things back. She also seemed shaken, even though she was thankful. The reality is that when their things are touched by others, people with hoarding habits also have emotional reactions. When their things are relocated from their place, this also happens. Hearing that she was actually able to put all of these stuff in the past is a relief! Now she was prepared to move on.
She Felt Torn
In this difficult time in her life, the cleanup team had been ready to console her. They were shocked by her reaction, though. As she had to bid adieu to her home, Ruth broke down in tears. She did however make sure to thank both the fire department representatives and the volunteers. Finally, after a long time, she now had the ability to step on and start over.
The Remaining Things Were Scattered On Her Lawn
It was very frightening to see how many items were crammed into her little home. This can be taken as evidence that when you are going through emotional problems, things can actually pile up. Stuff, particularly when you are alone and have no one to help you pick up the pieces, can really get out of control.
A Last Look
Before they continued with the demolition, the fire department carried out a final inspection of the building. Kevin Burns was still around, of course. As this was going on there was one thing on his mind. Will some of the stuff in the secret room be rescued? For his neighbor’s sake, he decided to find out!
The Mystery Of The Hidden Room
Kevin noticed something when the firemen pulled out some larger pieces of furniture which had to be thrown out. It dawned on him that from the hidden room he had not seen anything yet. It felt like it was too late, however, for him to retrieve even a single object from the house.
It Was For The Best
For her own sake the people from the fire department tried to burn her house down. Ruth realized she had all of her important things in the car with her already. After all, she had already been staying there for the last couple of weeks. She discovered soon enough that getting rid of the house would lift a burden off her hands!
Her House Burned To The Ground
Kevin and Ruth watched as the house was engulfed by the flames. It soon became engulfed in flames. She turned to him as if she could tell what he was thinking and offered him an answer to his question. “It was in that room that my husband passed away. After he was gone, I didn’t have the heart to go in there,” she told him.
None Of Them Got Hurt
Up until the wee hours, the firemen had to remain at the site to ensure that the burning embers were not going to reignite. As you can imagine, doing such a thing was dangerous. The team had to make sure that the fire did not spread to neighboring houses or put the residents at any risk. What was her plan, though, now that her home was gone?
The Start Of A New Chapter
Now that her house was totally and absolutely destroyed, where did Ruth intend to go? For the remainder of her life, it was not possible for her to sit in the car. That some of her friends came up with a brilliant idea was a positive thing. It was much better, at any rate than living in her car!
Time For A Fresh Start
Ruth had all of her valuable things in the car already. It was up to Kevin now to assist her in finding a new place to call home. Fortunately, he noticed a group of senior citizens nearby that looked as though it would be ideal for her. It was time for her to remain in a warm and welcoming place after all she had been through.
The Community Gave Her A Warm Welcome
We are happy to learn that she was received with open arms by the community. While she was still dealing with her husband’s death, now that she was surrounded by her peers, she felt better. It also helped, of course, that she now had a place to live. She did not have anything to fear anymore.
Making New Friends And New Memories
The moment she started living in her car, her quality of life improved exponentially. She no longer eats fast food and instead exercises on a periodic basis. Apart from that, she kept in contact with her neighbor. None of these things would have happened if it hadn’t been for Kevin Burns! We’re delighted to learn that she’s doing much better now.