Leeds nostalgia: Steeplejack killed in 130ft chimney collapse in Mirfield
Witnesses said the building cut “like a knife through butter” as it sliced through the factor roofs.
Seven people were dug out of tons of rubble, including a youth aged 17.
The steeplejack was Larry Elland, 26, of Waterloo Road, Huddersfield, who was married with one child.
The mill was said to be in a “sylvan setting in the middle of a large woodland”, although it was not clear why or how the chimney had collapsed.
It even demolished part of some residential houses and a ‘carding shed’. Carding is a process widely used in the textile trade and came after ‘teasing’. It untangled fibres and made them parallel.