West Yorkshire Police are investigating the cause of a house explosion which has sadly killed a man in Dewsbury.
Police were called to the scene of the incident at about 11.37am on 31 March by residents who reported a house on fire following an explosion.
Emergency services attended the scene and located a 55-year-old man who had been in the house and suffered serious injuries.
He was taken to hospital for treatment of the injuries and was later determined to be in a life threatening condition. Tragically, the victim died in the early hours of 1 April.
According to a report by Telegraph and Argus, the victim was a father of five and a taxi driver. It is believed he was looking after the house for family members who were currently stuck abroad, unable to travel home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Detective Inspector James Bellhouse of Kirklees CID, said: “Detectives are working with partner agencies including the Health and Safety Executive, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Northern Gas Networks to investigate this very serious incident.
“Tragically, a man who was seriously injured in the fire has died in hospital this morning. His relatives have been made aware and are being supported by officers.
“Work has been ongoing on site by partners to make the property and surrounding houses safe as we continue to investigate the cause of this explosion.
“While those enquiries will take time we do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances at this stage.
“Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 referencing police log 401 of March 31 2020. Information can also be given online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.”