Work crews are tearing out walls, carpeting and anything else that might contaminated inside a Summerlin house that was home to one of the worst cases of hoarding officials have ever seen.
The home near Hills Center and Lake Mead Boulevard belongs to 55-year-old Kenneth Epstein. By the time the problem has been discovered, he had filled the home with trash, furniture, boxes, animals and refrigerators filled with rotting food. The conditions inside the home became so bad that it was declared a public health hazard.
Epstein will have to pay the $13,000 it is costing the city of Las Vegas to clean out the home. If he does not pay, the city will place a lien on his property. He is also facing several misdemeanor charges, including fire code violations, being a public nuisance and not having a cat fancier's license.
Crews are replacing windows and electric work. It is expected to take until next week to clean up the house.