Schaumburg Set to Clean Hoarder's House

John Wuerffel found to be in violation of village ordinances

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    A Schaumburg man at odds with his neighbors and the village hall is living in a van outside his home while fighting to keep it. (Published Friday, Oct 1, 2010)

    Schaumburg officials will soon start cleaning up inside a home filled with trash and clutter.

    The house, located in the 1400 block of Hampton Lane, belongs to 62-year-old John Wuerffel. About a month ago, Wuerffel received several violations for the conditions and appearance of his home and yard.

    This week, a judge allowed village officials to go inside the home for the first time in months to begin cleaning up.

    A Public Health Officer told the Chicago Tribune conditions look worse. She says there's piles of recyclable materials, clothes and other items blocking the hallways and doors in the three-bedroom ranch. Items also fill the shower stalls in the bathrooms.

    Officials say they plan on hiring vendors to clean the inside of the home starting next week.

    Wuerffel was forced out of his home last year due to foreclosure and now lives in a homeless shelter.