Unwell man rescued from top floor of under-construction Birketts building in Ipswich

Emergency services were called to the Birketts headquarters building in Ipswich to help an unwell ma

Emergency services were called to the Birketts headquarters building in Ipswich to help an unwell man. Picture: WILL RODWELL - Credit: Archant

Firefighters carried out a dramatic rescue of a man who collapsed on scaffolding at the top of a five-storey building in Ipswich today.

There were fears the patient aged in his 50s had suffered a stroke, but following an assessment he was found to have blood sugar problems.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the under-construction Birketts headquarters in Princes Street at around 1.15pm.

Four fire engines, a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance officer, an ambulance crew, a response car from the Hazardous Area Response Team and a police car were among the resources in attendance.

An air ambulance from Essex and Herts Air Ambulance was also dispatched and could be seen flying overhead, but it was later stood down.

The aerial ladder platform being used to rescue a man from a building in Ipswich's Princes Street. P

The aerial ladder platform being used to rescue a man from a building in Ipswich's Princes Street. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

The road was shut off to traffic while firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to bring the man to the ground.

Speaking at the scene, station commander Steve Rhind, from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We attended an incident this afternoon for a 50-year-old male who had a suspected stroke. We mobilised appliances from Princes Street, Ipswich East, Felixstowe advanced working at height and the aerial ladder platform from Ipswich East.

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“We attended the incident and brought the gentleman down who paramedics have informed us it wasn’t a stroke, he had blood sugar problems.

“The gentleman was brought down from the scaffolding on top of the building.”

An air ambulance flies overhead. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

An air ambulance flies overhead. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: GEMMA MITCHELL

The fire service declared the incident under control at 2pm.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said the patient did not require transport to hospital.