Body 'hidden under blanket' found on roof as police rush to three-storey high home | The Sun

A BODY found on the roof of a house stunned residents as emergency crews cordoned off streets around their homes.

Firefighters used a turntable ladder to recover the remains from the top of the three-storey terraced house in West Yorkshire on Sunday.

Dramatic footage shows a 999 worker emerging from the skylight to check on the remains, which appear hidden under a blanket.

An ambulance parked among numerous vehicles but it appears the man was already dead and it was not needed.

Later firefighters are seen using the turntable ladder platform to recover the corpse.

The alarm was raised at 3.30pm on Sunday when Harehills Avenue, in Leeds, became flooded with emergency vehicles.


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Householders were stunned when pictures of the incident were shared on social media revealing there was a dead man on the roof.

Harehills Avenue was sealed off as were surrounding streets such as Spencer Place.

No one knew how the body had ended up on the roof but there was speculation he may have collapsed and died while doing repairs.

Numerous roads in the Chapeltown area of the city were also closed.

However, cops are continuing to investigate and it is not yet clear what the circumstances were.

It was confirmed the body had been found on the roof of a three storey resident property and the remains were of a male.

A West Yorkshire spokesperson said: "The body of a man found on the roof of a house in Leeds yesterday is believed to a man reported missing from the address.

"Gerard Colgan, aged 32, was reported missing from the address in Harehills Avenue, Chapeltown, on Friday. At 2.40pm on Sunday, the body was located on the roof.

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"While formal identification is yet to be completed, it is believed to be Mr Colgan and his family has been informed.

"There were no suspicious circumstances and the Coroner’s Office has been notified."

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