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Wind Power News: Accidents: fire

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January 21, 2020 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Documents detail harrowing attempts to save Chehalis man at wind project site

When a trench partially collapsed on a coworker at the Skookumchuck Wind Project outside of Rainier on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 9, 24-year-old Chehalis man Jonathan Stringer didn’t hesitate. He jumped in the hole with another worker and began attempting to save his buried colleague by digging out dirt and rocks with his bare hands. That’s when another collapse completely buried Stringer, prompting a harrowing ordeal during which about 25 other workers tried in frantic shifts to save him, . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2020 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine bursts into flames near Germany’s Bodenwerder

A fire in a wind turbine in Germany’s Lower Saxony on January 18 prompted warnings from local authorities to keep windows and doors closed in nearby areas while authorities tackled the blaze. A photo released by local police shows the blaze 100 meters up at the top of the tower supporting the turbine near Bodenwerder. This video captures the fire and shows flaming debris falling to the ground. The fire broke out around 5 pm, authorities said. The cause was . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2020 • VietnamPrint storyE-mail story

Fire destroys wind farm turbine in central Vietnam

An 80-meter high wind turbine costing hundreds of thousands of dollars caught fire at the Phong Dien 1 Wind Farm Sunday. The farm in Tuy Phong District in the south central province of Binh Thuan has 20 turbines. Witnesses say black smoke billowed out of one of the turbines Sunday and there were explosive sounds before the blade fell to the ground. Due to the turbine’s height, the fire could not be put down by the wind farm’s staff and . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind turbines safe? N.Y. accident stirs debate

The sudden collapse of a wind turbine in a densely populated New York City neighborhood has alarmed state and city officials, who are promising investigations and new legislation in response to the accident. The turbine on the roof of a strip mall in the Bronx came apart amid high winds Monday, taking with it its foundational monopole tower. The structures fell into the strip mall’s parking lot, flattening one car and damaging several others, according to the New York City . . . Complete story »

December 31, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Businesses closed after massive Co-op City wind turbine falls

A massive wind turbine in the Bronx came crashing down on Co-op City Monday. The turbine was installed just a few weeks ago, and it was supposed to convert the wind’s kinetic energy into electricity, but instead some of it came crashing down. Department of Buildings inspectors will remain at the scene to oversee work and make sure the area remains safe. The top piece of the wind turbine landed on top of a car around 1:20 p.m., and the . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Bronx wind turbine’s blades fly off, smashing car and billboard

Blades from a controversial wind turbine in Baychester flew off the massive structure Monday, crashing to the street below, according to officials. No one was injured – but a car was smashed and a billboard was knocked down around 1:20 p.m. at 500 Baychester Avenue, according to fire and police officials. State Sen. Jamaal Bailey and Assemblyman Mike Benedetto claimed at the scene in an impromptu press conference the structure was put up quick “in order to try and make a . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2019 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill topples over in Friesland during severe wind warning

A 32-meter high toppled over Sunday night in Jorwert, Friesland, while a weather warning for strong winds was in effect. Though it was initially reported to the fire department as a possible case of storm damage, authorities told broadcaster NOS the cause is still under investigation. It happened at about 6:45 p.m. on Hessensereed, a quiet road in the quiet Frisian town. The windmill fell across the street, blocking traffic in both directions. Eventually, a crane was used to move . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Kern County Fire working to put out wind turbine fire in Mojave

Kern County Fire has confirmed that a wind turbine caught fire around 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mojave causing a grass fire. Fire officials told Scripps station KERO in Bakersfield the wind turbine is located on the west-side of Highway 14 and crew members are working to put the fire out. A vegetation fire was contained after the flames from the wind turbine fell onto the grass area, according to Kern County Fire. Officials said the grass fire has been contained. . . . Complete story »

October 29, 2019 • Sri LankaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire at a wind farm in Puttalam

Oct 29, Colombo: A fire has broken out at a private wind power plant in Daluwa, Puttalam last evening. Investigations carried out by the Norochcholai Police have revealed that the fire was caused by a technical fault which occurred inside one of the wind turbines. Residents have seen the fire erupting near the top of the wind turbine and pieces falling to the ground. The wind turbine, 100 meters in height, supplies two megawatts to the national grid. No casualties . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Blade falls off windmill, narrowly missing homes in Ocean Gate

One of the blades of a wind turbine in Ocean County fell off, narrowly missing some homes. It happened in Ocean Gate around 10:45 a.m. Samantha Albin says that it was like something out of a movie. “It was really scary. It was kind of like one of those ‘Final Destination’ things,” she says. Albin was at home when the blade fell off the wind turbine. “I heard a really loud boom. I thought it was maybe like a car . . . Complete story »

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