A MARSDEN home was reduced to a pile of ashes after an inferno swept through it – just months before it was due to be completed.
The blaze broke out in the three-storey new build home on Manchester Road, causing the area to be closed by emergency services as neighbouring homes were covered in the falling cinders.
A neighbour described how he watched the horrific blaze unfold at about midnight on Saturday.
Mike Elliott, an amateur photographer who captured the outbreak of the blaze on camera, said: “I was just going to bed when I heard a crackling noise coming from outside – like somebody was letting off fireworks.
“It was just an inferno – the house was covered in flames and the heat was really intensive.
“Each storey collapsed at incredible speed. There must have been a few gas cylinders as I heard explosions.
“The flames were at least a couple of hundred feet up and the next morning the surrounding houses were covered in ash.”
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The electrical engineer – like several others who witnessed the fire outbreak – called the emergency services and fire engines soon arrived from Huddersfield, Slaithwaite and Marsden.
It took firefighters an hour to control the blaze, but the home was destroyed.
The large detached property, right on the roadside, was in the final stages of completion and was still flanked by scaffolding when the fire broke out.
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Mr Elliott said the owner had been told about the blaze and was completely devastated by the news that his dream home had been reduced to a pile of ashes.
“They had been building it since late last year and looked like it was nearly finished, with the roof having just gone on,’’ said Mr Elliott.
“It was a big detached house and had a wooden framework.
“When it was on fire a friend of the owner pulled up outside. He said his friend knew and was completely distraught.
The neighbouring homes were untouched by the fire and no-one was harmed.
Firefighters did close off Manchester Road to tackle the blaze – and it remained closed for several hours afterwards – but it reopened yesterday.
The scene was being examined by a specialist fire investigation officer to try to pinpoint the cause.