Frail, el­derly man dies in house fire

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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