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Ayrshire – Turbine blaze near West Kilbride as black cloud fills sky  

Credit:  By Calum Corral, Senior Reporter | Largs & Millport Weekly News | www.largsandmillportnews.com ~~

A wind turbine has gone on fire on the back hills between West Kilbride and Dalry.

Pictures and videos of thick black smoke and flames emerging from one of the blades were taken at around 5.30pm.

Local fire brigades are attending the scene.

North Coast Councillor Todd Ferguson said: “It is not a good thing to see – although wind turbines are a form of green energy they still have engines and mechanical parts – and a lot of these turbines do no have fire mitigation measures so this turbine is not likely to be recoverable.

“I believe the issue is becoming a bigger problem in the industry and it is one of the problems of moving forward with new technology.

“I wonder with the hot weather over recent days whether that has had any effect.

It is still a relatively rare thing to happen but fire issues such as this are going to have to be looked into closer.”

A turbine last went on fire in the local area near Ardrossan during a storm in December 2011.

Source:  By Calum Corral, Senior Reporter | Largs & Millport Weekly News | www.largsandmillportnews.com

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