A workman had to be rescued by firefighters using an aerial platform after he fell from a ladder at a well-known former pub.
The man, suspected of having suffered spinal injuries, was lifted out of a first floor window and lowered down to a waiting ambulance at the New Deepdale Hotel in St George’s Road, Preston.
A fire brigade spokesman said: “We were called in because there was no way of getting the patient down from the first floor where he had been working. The building is being renovated and there was no staircase.
“Apparently the man was working on a ladder on the first floor, possibly knocking a ceiling down and he fell and landed awkwardly.
“The paramedics had been on the scene for about an hour when we got the call. The patient was being treated on a stretcher, he was talking, but he was in a great deal of pain.
“We lifted the stretcher out of a window and on to the aerial ladder platform and lowered him to the ground, where he was taken off to hospital.”
The New Deepdale, for many years a favourite pub with football fans due to its proximity to Preston North End’s Deepdale Stadium, closed in 2013 due to falling trade.
It is currently being converted into an Islamic study centre.