Tragic death of builder

ACCIDENT SCENE Thorncliffe Estate, Batley, was sealed off by police.
ACCIDENT SCENE Thorncliffe Estate, Batley, was sealed off by police.

A young builder was killed after a chimney collapsed at a house in Staincliffe.

Now police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating.

Danny Hough, 23, was believed to be working with others at the semi-detached house in Thorncliffe Estate when the accident happened last Thursday.

It is understood the father-of-one was buried under rubble.

Firefighters from Dewsbury and Batley were called to the scene at around 2.20pm.

They were joined by a specialist rescue team from Cleckheaton.

The street was closed in both directions and a neighbouring home was evacuated as a precaution.

Emergency crews were there until late into the evening.

Mr Hough was believed to have been trapped for some time and was later pronounced dead.

A structural engineer was also sent to examine the house. A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “Kirklees Council building control officers attended.

“They provided expert advice and support to the fire service around areas including safety of fire service personnel dealing with the incident and how to remove any remaining danger so the fire service could finish their activities. Officers also met with the police and HSE the day after the incident and attended site.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said enquiries were ongoing.