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Wind turbine near Peetz collapses, catches fire 

Credit:  By Jeff Rice | Sterling Journal-Advocate | PUBLISHED: January 11, 2024 at journal-advocate.com ~~

Firefighters from Crook and Peetz work to extinguish a burning wind turbine after it collapsed Thursday morning. (Photo by Jean Meyer)

(Photo by Jean Meyer)

A second NextEra Energy wind turbine has collapsed in Logan County, this one near Peetz in an older wind farm.

Firefighters from Peetz and Crook were called to the site near Peetz between 8 and 9 a.m. Thursday after one of the turbines apparently collapsed and caught fire. Logan County, Emergency Manager Jerry Casebolt told the Journal-Advocate word he heard at the scene was that the tower collapsed first and then caught fire.

Casebolt said he believed NextEra personnel had been to the site but were not providing any information on the incident.

It’s the second time in the 20 years wind turbines have been in Logan County that a turbine has collapsed. In June 2022 a newly-installed turbine south of Fleming collapsed when one of the blades cracked, causing the blade to strike the tower, collapsing the tower and sending the turbine plummeting to the ground. That turbine did not catch fire, however.

The Journal-Advocate has reached out to NextEra for comment on the Peetz collapse but had not heard back by press time.

(Photos by Jean Meyer)

Source:  By Jeff Rice | Sterling Journal-Advocate | PUBLISHED: January 11, 2024 at journal-advocate.com

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