Fire investigators officials in Tazewell County say an elderly couple likely succumbed to smoke inhalation as fire gutted their cluttered home. 79-year-old Sam Garland and 75-year-old Barbara Garland died Sunday in a Pekin home that was packed with items due to her hoarding habit. Pekin Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Cox says the combination of heat, smoke and virtual walls of junk that met firefighters made rescue efforts impossible. Authorities say the home's main floor and ceiling collapsed in flames, sending tons of debris into the basement. The Garlands' bodies were later found in the basement.
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