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Mt. Storm turbine catches fire 

Credit:  By Elaine Blaisdell | Mineral Daily News-Tribune | 16 January 2008 ~~

According to NedPower Mount Storm spokesperson Tim O’Leary, a wind turbine in Mount Storm caught fire at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

According to O’Leary, the fire occurred during routine maintenance and started in the nacelle of the wind turbine.

The nacelle refers to the structure which houses all of the generating components, gearbox, drive train, etc.

After an assessment, it was determined that both the nacelle and one of the turbine blades sustained damage.

No injuries were reported.

“As far as my knowledge is concerned, no other fires have occurred,” said O’Leary.

NedPower project staff and the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined as an investigation continues.

“NedPower appreciates the support of the Mount Storm Volunteer Fire Department,” said O’Leary.

NedPower is currently working on Phase 1 of the Wind Turbine Project – which consist of 82 turbines. Phase 2 will consist of 50 turbines, for a total of 132 turbines.

The project is slated for completion by 2009.

Mt. Storm turbine after fire

Source:  By Elaine Blaisdell | Mineral Daily News-Tribune | 16 January 2008

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