[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Get weekly updates

when your community is targeted


RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Paypal

Donate via Stripe

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Lightning strike likely caused wind turbine fire: company 

Credit:  Trevor Terfloth | Published Jun 16, 2023 | chathamdailynews.ca ~~

Fire crews from Station 10 Orford responded to 20275 Duart Rd. for a wind turbine fire Thursday at 7:15 p.m. Fire crews arrived on scene and secured the area, officials said. No injuries were reported. (Supplied)

Lightning likely sparked a wind turbine fire in Muirkirk, east of Chatham, Thursday night, a company official says.

Fire crews from Station 10 Orford responded to 20275 Duart Rd. at 7:15 p.m. and secured the area. No injuries were reported and the cause was undetermined, fire officials said in a release Thursday night.

The fire struck Tower 2 at the Gesner wind farm, said Saturn Power chief executive Doug Wagner.

“The probable cause of this fire is believed to be a lightning strike. This incident resulted in the fiberglass nacelle on the tower igniting,” he said in a release Friday.

“Members of the local fire department were on scene to monitor the situation and ensure the fire was contained to Tower 2, departing once the situation was under control and the fire was extinguished.

“Fortunately, our dedicated wind technicians were not on site at the time . . . and there were no injuries.”

“At this time, we have no additional details and there are no estimates on damage,” the release added, adding the company won’t comment further pending a “thorough investigation and assessment.”

Saturn Power is an independent power producer based in Baden, in Waterloo region.

According to company’s website, it has offices in Turkey and the U.S., and engineers, owns and operates solar, wind and energy storage projects worldwide.

Source:  Trevor Terfloth | Published Jun 16, 2023 | chathamdailynews.ca

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
   Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)
Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)


e-mail X FB LI TG TG Share

Tag: Accidents

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook

Wind Watch on Linked In Wind Watch on Mastodon