This is as the dramatic moment a toddler was rescued from a roof in Blackburn.

The incident happened yesterday (Thursday July 14) at around 4pm on Higson Street in Blackburn when a young child managed to wander on to a roof.

The fire service was called as horrified onlookers spotted the child on the roof of the house close to Davenport Road.

When fire crews arrived they quickly reached the child to ensure he was safe. Teams then used an aerial ladder platform to reach the child who was then brought back to safety and into the arms of his mum.

The road was closed for up to an hour as fire crews and police dealt with the incident. A small crowd of passers-by and neighbours watching the drama unfold.

It is believed the child got on to the roof through a loft window.

Lancashire Telegraph:

Mo Patel, a witness who watched the drama unfold said: “It was a really high roof and everyone was horrified to see a young child up there.

"He was walking around on the roof. One false move and it could have been fatal.

"Somebody then went to the front of the house and told them your kid is on the roof.

“The fire service were really good. First, someone got up there fast to comfort the child and sat with him for 40 minutes or so until the aerial ladder platform arrived.

“Then the aerial ladder arrived to bring the child down. The kid didn’t seem to be too worried and took it in his stride.”

A fire service spokesperson said: “Two fire engines from Hyndburn and Darwen, one aerial ladder platform from Preston and a drone were mobilised to an incident on Higson Street in Blackburn.

“Crews rescued one casualty from height using a 10.5M ladder and a rescue harness.

“Firefighters were at the scene for approximately one hour and 15 minutes.”