Firefighters in dash to rescue dad and son from house roof

FELIXSTOWE: A father and his young son had to be rescued by firefighters after they got stuck on the roof of a house.

Fire crews were called to a three-storey property in High Beach, Felixstowe, at 11.12am on Saturday.

It’s believed that the boy, thought to be aged around seven, had wandered on to the ridge of a roof from a top floor flat balcony and then became stuck.

It’s thought that his father attempted to rescue him but also became stuck, prompting a call to the fire service.

Two fire engines from Felixstowe and one from Ipswich attended the incident and crews were able to rescue the pair after just over an hour.

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Several nearby residents gathered in the street and witnessed the drama unfold.

One of them, Angela Simmen, said: “I think the boy had been on a balcony when he then decided to climb up on to a roof of the building’s top floor flat.

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“But once he got up there he couldn’t work out how to get down and became quite scared. That’s when his father decided to go up after him.

“The fire crews got here very quickly and they had to use their crow’s nest machine to get up to the roof.

“They were then able to bring the pair back down. The boy seemed a little bit shaken but he was unhurt.

“Quite a few people had gathered to watch the rescue and we were all pleased that it had a happy ending.”

A spokesperson for the Suffolk Fire Service said: “We were called to High Beach to reports of a child and an adult stuck on a roof.

“On arrival we found one child, aged around seven-years-old and one adult, stuck on the ridge of a roof at a three-storey house.

“The crews were able to rescue the pair and stood down from the scene at 12.31pm.”

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