Wind turbine catches fire in deadly UK storm

Published: 01 Jun 2018 By Grace Kimberley

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A wind turbine at the Ransonmoor Wind Farm in Cambridgeshire, England, caught alight last Wednesday (30th May) morning during a merciless thunderstorm.

The fire services, who are yet to confirm the root cause of the fire, were notified at approximately 7.50am. The wind turbine was left to burn out safely as firefighters remained on standby.

The five turbines at the renewable plant generate 26GWh of renewable energy annually, which is enough power to supply 6,600 local homes with electricity.

A Siemens Gamesa spokesman said: “Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy can confirm there have been no injuries to any member of the public, nor to any employees.”

Despite the cause of the fire being unconfirmed, many locals believe the turbine was struck by lightning during the heavy storms.

Siemens Gamesa, which handles the operation and maintenance of the five turbines at Benwick Road, Doddington, says engineers are still investigating the incident.

Ransonmoor Wind Farm is located directly next to its sister farms: Boardinghouse and March (Floods Ferry Road). The area experiences strong winds uninterrupted by forestry.

In 2016, Thrive Renewables invited over 200 people from the general public to participate in educational activities and games and ask questions about the project.

 

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