Burnley teenager lucky to be alive after fall

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A TEENAGE boy escaped with his life after he plunged 15ft from a school roof last night.

The 14-year-old fell from the top of the former Stoneyholme Junior School onto the concrete floor below at 9-20 p.m.

Firefighters say the boy was lucky not to have been killed in the horror fall which left him with a broken arm.

Watch manager Steve Harrison, of Burnley Fire Station, said: “To fall 15ft and only break your arm is very fortunate - especially falling onto concrete.

“He is very fortunate his arm took the force of the fall. Any fall over two meters there is a very good chance of severe injury or death.

“It could have quite easily been fatal.”

Paamedics arrived first on the scene but could not reach the stricken boy through metal security fences.

Firefighters were drafted in to cut through the railings and were able to free the boy who was taken by stretcher to Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Watch manager Harrison urged parents to keep an eye on their children and where they play during the summer months.

He said: “We urge children not to play on roofs. They don’t realise how much danger they are putting themselves in. Parents should ask be aware of where their children are playing.”