March 10, 2018

Hanover: crews respond to turbine fire

By Dan McCready | 95.9 WATD | March 9, 2018 |

Hanover Fire Crews were called to the scene of a wind turbine fire.

Chief Jeffrey Blanchard says Deputy Fire Chief Jason Cavallaro was travelling on Washington St. around 11:47 a.m. Friday when he noticed smoke coming from the town’s wind turbine at 40 Pond St.

It was determined that the Pond Street water treatment plant, located on the site was experiencing electrical power surges and operating on stand-by generator

An odor of electrical smoke was reported inside the treatment plant and all employees were evacuated.

The blades had already stopped spinning due to safety controls on the turbine.

The generator was shut down, power was disconnected to the plant, and power from the turbine into the treatment plant was also disconnected.

Smoke began to dissipate once the power was secured.

Blanchard says it’s believed that the fire was caused by a mechanical malfunction and the incident is currently under investigation.

Electricians are on scene working to restore power to the Water Treatment Plant.

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