Investigations are underway after a wind turbine on the Lincolnshire border caught fire forcing nearby residents to close their windows. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue first shared news about the incident at around 5.45pm yesterday, April 24, saying that the blaze was taking place off French Drove in the village of Thorney near Spalding.
Crews from both the Crowland and Deeping fire stations attended the incident, before the response was handed over to the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service. Pictures shared with Lincolnshire Live show long trails of black smoke coming from the affected turbine during the incident, with its nose having come off as a result.
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said that the cause of the fire was believed to be accidental and related to an equipment failure. The service said that the incident was handed over to a crew from Dogsthorpe fire station after Lincolnshire crews left, with the Dogsthorpe crew then leaving the scene at 10.40pm.
The fire service spokesperson added that a crew returned to reinspect the site this morning before it was handed over to the company behind French Farm Wind Farm. A spokesperson for that company said it was now investigating the cause of the fire.
They said: “On Sunday evening we received a report of a turbine fire at French Farm Wind Farm. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue attended the wind farm and ensured the site was safe.
“The power to and from the turbines was switched off and a precautionary exclusion zone has been set up. There are no injuries and we would like to thank the fire service for their assistance. An investigation is now underway and the affected turbine will be analysed by the manufacturer’s experts to determine the cause of the fire.”
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