Homeowner Found After Foreclosed ‘Hoarder House' Burns

The home was auctioned the same day it caught fire

A San Marcos homeowner reported missing after his foreclosed “hoarder house” caught fire, the same day it was auctioned off, has been located.

Duncan Kendall, 62, was nowhere to be found as his house burned in the 1800 block of Rock Springs Road on Monday morning. The fire, which started in the kitchen, caused moderate to major damage to the home and killed a small dog inside.

When Kendall’s adult son arrived, he said he just learned Sunday that his father would be losing his house to foreclosure. The son did not know where Kendall was, so he requested deputies file a missing person report.

Kendall was later found at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Elfin Forest. Sheriff's investigators said he was in need of medical treatment, so paramedics took him by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

San Marcos fire officials announced they did not find obvious signs of foul play as they initially investigated the fire, but the agency requested sheriff’s arson investigators assist in the investigation.

After Kendall’s home was foreclosed, a woman bid for it at the courthouse, finalizing the purchase just minutes after flames broke out at the two-story home.

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