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Windmill fire sends black smoke across the valley

Windmill on fire at the Bear Creek Wind Park, 1650 Bald Mountain Rd, Bear Creek Village.  Warren Ruda / The Citizens' Voice

Windmill on fire at the Bear Creek Wind Park, 1650 Bald Mountain Rd, Bear Creek Village. Warren Ruda / The Citizens’ Voice

BEAR CREEK TWP. – A fire at a wind turbine in Bear Creek Township sent a thick cloud of black smoke billowing over parts of the Wyoming Valley on Thursday.

The fire started at about 2 p.m. at a windmill farm on Bald Mountain, where rows of wind turbines generate electrical power.

Multiple fire departments battled the blaze at the turbine, which was reported to be fully involved. The smoke dissipated after about an hour, as of about 3 p.m.

The windmill farm generates electrical power for PPL Electric Utilities but PPL does not own the property, a PPL spokeswoman said Thursday.

Attempts to reach Bear Creek Township firefighters for more information on Thursday were not successful. A listed phone number for the township fire station led to a dead line and did not ring through.

MARK MORAN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE. A windmill smolders Thursday on Bald Mountain in Bear Creek Township.

MARK MORAN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE. A windmill smolders Thursday on Bald Mountain in Bear Creek Township.