A family in Spain were crushed to death by hundreds of kilos of clothes that fell on them after breaking through the first floor of their flat.
The bodies of the married couple and their 12-year-old daughter were found by their other child, an 18-year-old girl, at their home in Alicante on the Costa del Sol.
It is believed the man, 49, his wife, 50, and their child were either crushed or suffocated by the huge pile of clothes that they had accumulated over the years.
Part of the floor on the upstairs of the apartment had caved in under the weight and all three victims were found buried under the clothes mountain.
Investigators say the teenage daughter did not find her family until several hours after the freak accident occurred as she had been asleep at the time.
Firefighters were called in to help police remove the clothes so they could pull the bodies out.
The married couple, who were of Moroccan origin, suffered “a kind of Diogenes Syndrome, which led them to compulsively accumulate all kinds of clothing,” according to sources.
One local resident said: “From the back of the house, you can see the balcony and there were stacks and stacks of boxes right up to the top.”
An autopsy is now being carried out on the victims to determine if they died from asphyxiation.
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