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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Armed with a court-issued abatement warrant, Las Vegas officials have swarmed a home to deal with what they call the worst case of hoarding they’ve ever seen.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports officials began hauling away items from Kenneth Epstein’s home on Friday after they found materials stacked from floor to ceiling inside and declared it uninhabitable.

City spokesman David Riggleman says Epstein had created a space for himself to crawl atop the materials, but wouldn’t have been able to walk upright in the house.

He says 10 truckloads of stuff were removed by Saturday afternoon and the cleanup continues.

Among items removed were five refrigerators filled with food so rancid it had liquefied.

Five dead cats also have been found.

Epstein declined to comment.

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