Bah Humbug: Christmas lights result in accident

Firefighters from Jaffrey and Peterborough help get a Jaffrey man down from his roof after he was injured on Saturday taking down his Christmas lights.

JAFFREY — A South Shore Road man who went on his roof to take down his Christmas lights ended up in the hospital after falling from his roof, according to Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker.

Walker said the man was trying to get the lights down from his roof when he was injured in a likely ladder mishap.

The man went up on the roof of his main house from a lower addition roof, using a ladder to access the higher roof, according to Walker. The man’s ladder reportedly slipped and he fell onto the lower roof and injured his leg, according to Walker. The man was also stranded on the addition roof in the process, Walker said.

Jaffrey firefighters were able to get up on the roof and get the man stabilized, putting him on a stokes basket, a type of stretcher. However, they needed a safe way to get him off the roof, so Peterborough’s ladder truck was called in to help.

Firefighters were able to carefully slide the man down the Peterborough extended ladder, and he was then taken to Monadnock Continuity Hospital in Peterborough for medical treatment, Walker said. Jaffrey Fire Chief David Chamberlin said the man sustained a likely lower leg fracture and ankle injury.

Walker suggested the man could have let the lights stay up this far into June.

“We’re closer to next Christmas now than we are to last Christmas,” he said.