Hebrew: חִיאֵל —transliteration: Chiel —meaning: “brother of god,” “the divine brother (or kinsman),” or “life of god” (i.e., from god)
For this act, he experienced the curse pronounced long before for raising up Jericho.
Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.” —Joshua 6:26 NKJV
…Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun. —1 Kings 16:34 NKJV excerpt
This means either that during the progress of the work all his children died, or that he was an idolater and practiced (or victimized by) foundation sacrifice rituals (see the loathsome practices of idolatry).