Frail, elderly man dies in house fire
A “FRAIL” and elderly man died after a blaze at his home in New Mill.
The man, who neighbours said was in his 90s, was found inside the bungalow on Cold Hill Lane when firefighters were called at about 10.20pm on Thursday.
West Yorkshire Police said the cause of the fire was under investigation, although it was not thought to be suspicious.
It is understood that an 18-year-old neighbour tried to fight the fire with a garden hose but there was little that could be done as the fire had already taken hold and windows were being blown out by the heat.
The bungalow, which is raised on a banking above the steep, rural lane, was boarded up yesterday morning with a police cordon in place.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m very saddened. I used to see him walking into the village to do shopping but that was a year or two back.
“He was very frail. He had lost his wife before we moved in, in 2001. He was a nice bloke.
“When he was in his 70s he would be out on a ladder cutting the trees. “It’s intriguing and upsetting.” Another neighbour said the house was Windows boarded up after a house blaze claimed the life of an elderly man at The Laurels, Cold Hill Lane, New Mill “well ablaze” when he had been alerted to what was happening.
He said: “He lived to a ripe old age only for this to happen.”
A police spokesman said: “Police were called to a report of a house fire on Cold Hill Lane.
“Officers attended along with the fire service but found an elderly man inside the property.
“The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Enquiries are continuing with the fire service to establish the cause of the fire, although it is not believed to be suspicious at this time.”