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Firefighters respond to wind turbine fire in Mahanoy Township

Firefighters responded to a report of a turbine fire at the first commercial-size wind farm in Schuylkill County, Locust Ridge I in Mahanoy Township, Thursday afternoon, according to reports from Schuylkill County Communications.

Paul Copleman, spokesman for Iberdrola Renewables, Wayne, which owns the wind farm, would not offer any details when contacted at 2:50 p.m. Thursday.

“We have been notified of an event at the Locust Ridge I Wind Farm. We are investigating the situation. And we’ll not be making any further comment until verified information becomes available. In the meantime, we’re focusing our efforts on the safety of our employees,” Copleman said.

In service since March 2007, this G87 turbine is one of the original 13 turbines which was part of the Locust Ridge I, the first commercial-size wind farm in Schuylkill County. These turbines produce enough electricity to power 6,500 to 8,000 homes, Joseph B. Green, Weston Place, the wind farm project manager said previously.