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1 dead in Mount Juliet house fire officials call 'hoarding situation'

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The fire started around 8 p.m. at a home on Crystal Court in Mt. Juliet. (Source: Wilson County Emergency Management Agency) The fire started around 8 p.m. at a home on Crystal Court in Mt. Juliet. (Source: Wilson County Emergency Management Agency)
MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -

A Mount Juliet man died after his home caught fire on Thursday evening. Officials say it what was in the home that made fighting the fire so difficult. 

Firefighters knew someone was inside when the fire broke out, but the body of the victim wasn't found until daylight hours on Friday.

The victim has been identified as 55-year-old David S. Troutman.

Firefighters arrived the home on the 800 block of Crystal Court just after 8 p.m. The first engine reporting to the scene reported heavy smoke visible.

The first floor had already collapsed before firefighters arrived, which meant crews had to remove walls and flooring from the exterior to access the fire. The home was also packed full of items, posing an additional challenge to firefighters.

"I'm surprised it's still standing," said a Wilson Co. EMA official on the scene. "It was just stacked and stacked with stuff, different items."

Firefighters say their biggest obstacle was all of the stuff inside the home -- they say was a true hoarding situation.

The home was so densely packed investigators say they didn't find the man who died trapped inside until this morning and had to use every piece of equipment they had to get him out.

One of the victim's neighbors, Maureen Greyson, came home last night to the blinding lights of fire trucks and emergency vehicles. Today, she's sorry for the man who lived here and for the family he leaves behind 

"Hearts and prayers go out to them," Grayson said. "Stuff like this makes you think twice about what you've lost after you've lost it totally and hopefully they'll be able to find closure"

Investigators have not officially released the name of the man who died. We can tell you the homeowner lived here alone, but officials say he had two children.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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