A contractor was killed when a chimney stack of the house he was working on in Doncaster collapsed on top of him, police said.
A next-door neighbour described the heroic efforts of the home’s owner as he pulled the injured man out of the rubble.
Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the incident - Yorkshire Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, an air ambulance, two rapid response vehicles and a hazardous area response team.
But the man, aged 33, was pronounced dead at the scene in Beech Road, Campsall, on Saturday at about 11am.
Neighbour Aide Naylor, who lives in Vaughan Road, adjoining Beech Road, said: “I heard a thud inside, after I had just come back from an all-night fishing trip.
“He was putting a log burner in, but he didn’t have anything above him and it has all just dropped.
“The person who owns the house was in the army, and he dragged him out of the rubble.”
Another neighbour who did not wish to be named said: “I was shocked. It’s just a tragic accident.”
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at about 10.55am on Saturday to reports that a man had been injured by a collapsed chimney stack.
“The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the structure was made safe.”
South Yorkshire Police has not yet identified the man but said the circumstances of the death were not thought to be suspicious.
One person was also taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary suffering with shock, but no-one else was thought to be seriously hurt.