A man is due in court after a man died following a pub fire in Calderdale.
A 50-year-old man was rescued by fire crews from a blaze at the Wellington Inn, Sowerby Bridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
He was taken Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield but sadly died overnight.
The fire broke out at the premises in Rochdale Road at 2.20am, and the victim, named as Andrew McGow, of Halifax, was found unconscious in the ground floor of the pub.
His next of kin have been informed..
West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team launched an investigation yesterday and made an appeal for witnesses to come forward.
A 31-year-old local man had been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and has now been charged with manslaughter. He is to appear in court in Halifax tomorrow.
He remains in police custody.
Det Supt Simon Atkinson of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said: “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this offence, and would seek to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident.”
The ground floor of the pub was destroyed by the fire and the upstairs was heavily smoke logged.
Police forensics officers could be seen yesterday at the pub which was cordoned off to the public.
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