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Experts try to determine wind farm blaze cause  

Engineers from Melbourne will today begin inspecting the scene of a $3 million fire at the Lake Bonney wind farm.

Yesterday afternoon’s blaze began in a turbine located near Tantanoola.

While the flames were initially contained at the top of the structure, falling debris caused the fire to spread to the grass below.

Mike Kemp from the Country Fire Service says it is now up to engineers to determine an exact cause and whether parts of the turbine can be saved.

“We don’t know the cause of it at this stage because we can’t get at it, but it’s probably an electrical fault in the turbine,” he said.

ABC News

23 January 2006

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