Man, 47, is killed and a woman, 28, is injured after roof collapses

Man, 47, is killed and woman, 28, is injured after next-door’s chimney smashes through the roof into their bedroom during strong winds while they were asleep

  • The roof of the property in Bradford collapsed at around 5.06am, police said
  • Man was found to have suffered fatal injuries after debris fell into a bedroom
  • Woman has been taken to hospital. Three children in the house were unharmed 

A 47-year-old man has died and a 28-year-old woman has been injured after a chimney fell into their bedroom while they were asleep.

The chimney broke off the two-storey neighbouring house and slammed into their bungalow in Knight’s Fold, Bradford, at 5.06am during high winds and rain. 

The woman was rushed to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Officers said inquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the incident. 

The neighbours, including three children, emerged from their cottage unscathed. 

A 47-year-old man has died and a 28-year-old woman has been injured after their neighbour’s chimney fell onto their house in Knight’s Fold, Bradford, at 5.06am

The woman has been rushed to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries

The chimney collapsed off the roof of the house at 5.06am in high winds and rain

A resident on the road said it was ‘windy and rainy’ last night and ‘maybe the chimney was loosened and just fell off’.

‘It’s such a horrible thing to happen in your sleep. Just a freak accident.’ 

Detective Inspector Claudine Binns, of Bradford District, said: ‘This has clearly been a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life and a woman has received some serious injuries.

‘Work is ongoing to make the building safe and we are in the early stages of a full investigation with the local authority to determine exactly how this fatal incident took place. A full file will be prepared for the coroner.

‘The victim’s family will be rehoused and authorities are working to support them in any way we can.

The fire brigade sent an engine to help survey the damage. A file is being prepared for the coroner

Pictured are fire officers inspecting the damage to the two-storey property in Bradford

The road remains closed as officers check the house to ensure the property is safe

Road closures will be in place throughout the day on Knight’s Fold, Bradford

The roof of the house on Knight’s Fold, Bradford, collapsed at around 5.06am, police said

‘Road closures will be in place at the scene throughout the day as structural engineers, police and fire services continue our work there.’

West Yorkshire fire and rescue team sent its Technical Rescue Units from Cleckheaton to the address. Search and Rescue dogs were also reported at the scene.

Police have erected cordons for the safety of nearby residents. 

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