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Wind machine fire in Fenner  

Credit:  by Laura Hand. Posted: 10.25.2014 at cnycentral.com ~~

There’s no cause yet, for a fire at the Fenner Wind Farm on Friday night.

 Scorched  blades are proof of the Friday night fire at the Fenner Wind Farm.  The turbine, which attaches to the blade at the top of the tower, is about the size of a school bus.  / Morrisville Fire Dept

Scorched blades are proof of the Friday night fire at the Fenner Wind Farm. The turbine, which attaches to the blade at the top of the tower, is about the size of a school bus. / Morrisville Fire Dept

Madison County 911 tells us fire volunteers were called before midnight, and the Madison County Fire Departments Facebook page says firefighters did not get close for fear the massive tower would collapse on them. Morrisville and Smithfield fire volunteers responded to the fire.

This is what the turbine fire looked like, Friday evening. Firefighters did not get closer for fear the tower would collapse  / Morrisville Fire Dept

This is what the turbine fire looked like, Friday evening. Firefighters did not get closer for fear the tower would collapse / Morrisville Fire Dept

The fire, reported about 11pm, was in the turbine atop the tower, and also scorched the unit’s fiberglass blades. As small as it may look from the ground, the nacelle complex that attaches to the blades, at the top of the tower, is the size of a school bus.

The wind farm’s owners, Enel Green Energy, based in Andover, Massachusetts, confirms there were no injuries, and that they are looking for the cause. A company spokesman says there’s a team already on site, investigating, and, while there’s no immediate threat after the fire, that people keep a safe distance from the turbine as the repairs are made.

Source:  by Laura Hand. Posted: 10.25.2014 at cnycentral.com

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