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MidAmerican Energy investigates wind turbine fire in Boone County

MidAmerican Energy officials are investigating what a caused a fire to one of their wind turbines in Boone County.

The Boone County Sheriff’s office confirms to Raccoon Valley Radio that deputies, the Ogden Fire Department, and Boone County Emergency Management Department responded to the scene around 9:30pm Thursday at 157 190th Street, three miles north of Beaver.

A MidAmerican Energy Spokesperson tells Raccoon Valley Radio that there was a fire at that site and no one was hurt. The spokesperson goes on to say that officials are investigating what caused the fire and how to prevent the situation from happening in the future. They say that these incidents are a rarity for them and MidAmerican is thankful for the cooperation of the fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement and other entities for keeping the public safe and preventing anyone from being injured.

Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams says a deputy and the Grand Junction Fire Department assisted at the scene. He notes that in a situation like that, due to the height of the turbines, their equipment can’t reach that high to put out a fire like that, so they set a perimeter in case a blade or other turbine equipment falls, so it doesn’t hurt anyone.