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800 tons of trash removed from Centralia hoarder's property

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - Lewis County crews have finished cleaning up a hoarder property after nearly a month.

Steve Skinner, leader of the solid waste division of Lewis County Public Works, told the Chronicle on Tuesday that nearly 800 tons of assorted trash was removed from the Centralia property. The removal cost the county about $98,000.

Previous owner Vic Bonagofski died at 72 years old in 2015 after being hit by a train on his bike. He was well known for collecting cardboard and other items in a trailer attached to his bicycle.

Lewis County seized the property last year through a tax foreclosure process. Crews removed the most hazardous material - more than 80 junk vehicles and gallons of used cooking oil - last fall. Contractors tore down six buildings on the property.

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