A SECOND person has died after a house fire in Huddersfield last week, West Yorkshire Police has confirmed today.

Reece Schofield, who was 24 and from Dewsbury, was taken to hospital following the blaze at an address in Clare Hill last Tuesday.

He was pronounced dead earlier today. 

Samantha Mills, who was 31, was also injured in the fire and died in hospital on Friday. 

One person remains in hospital where their condition is said to be stable.

Craig Collier, 34, of Clare Hill in Huddersfield, has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice. 

He has since appeared at magistrates and has been remanded in custody ahead of a further hearing at Leeds Crown Court. 

West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is continuing to appeal to anyone who was in the Clare Hill area at about 6am on Tuesday 23 March 2021 to contact them on 101, or via LiveChat. 

The crime reference is 13210144132. 

Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers.