A six-year-old boy slipped through window bars in a block of flats in China and ended up dangling by his ears - eight stories above the ground. Neighbours called police after hearing the little boy's screams and he was eventually rescued by firefighters, reports the Chutian Metropolis News. It happened after the boy's grandfather left him sleeping in the flat in Jucheng Compound, Yichang in Hubei Province, to pop outside on an errand. The boy, called Ming Ming, woke up to find himself alone and is believed to have fallen from the window while looking out for his grandfather. Because he is so small, Ming Ming fell straight through the safety bars but he was saved from certain death because his head got trapped. Fire service spokesman Wang Shen said the boy had a miraculous escape: "He could have fallen to the ground - or have been suffocated - at any minute." Police found Ming Ming's grandfather who opened the door to let firefighters into the apartment to rescue the boy, as a crowd gathered below. While keeping firm hold of Ming Ming, they used hydraulic tools to widen the bars and then pulled the daft twat back into the apartment.