Exclusion zone set up as wind turbine ignites

A 100-meter-tall wind turbine ignited spectacularly, sending black smoke billowing into the sky. An investigation into the fire is currently underway.

An exclusion zone had to be set up while firefighters battled the blaze. Residents living near the scene were also warned to keep their windows closed.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue first shared news of the incident at around 5.45pm on Sunday April 24. The incident happened at French Farm Wind Farm in the village of Thorney near Spalding, LincolnshireLive reports.

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There are a total of 13 turbines at the site. The wind farm has a total capacity of 26 MW, having become fully operational in 2016.

The images show long trails of black smoke coming from the burning turbine. Lincolnshire firefighters handed over the operation to the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, which said the cause of the fire was likely accidental and related to equipment failure.

Cambridgeshire firefighters left the scene at 10:40 p.m. A team returned to inspect the site again on Monday morning before it was handed over to the company behind French Farm Wind Farm.

A wind farm spokesman said: “On Sunday evening we received a report of a turbine fire at the French Farm wind farm. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the wind farm and ensured that the site was safe.

“The power supply to the turbines has been cut and a preventive exclusion zone has been set up. There are no injuries and we would like to thank the firefighters for their assistance.

“An investigation is currently underway. The turbine concerned will be analyzed by the manufacturer’s experts to determine the cause of the fire.”

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