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Fire destroys Todmorden turbine

UPDATE: Local crews tackle Nordex N90 blaze in Yorkshire

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A Nordex N90 wind turbine caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Todmorden Moor wind farm in West Yorkshire.

Fire crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called out to the Glennmont Partners site at Flower Scar Road at 3.45am.

The 12.5MW wind farm, commissioned in September 2014, features five 2.5MW Nordex N90 turbines (pictured). The project was been shut down following the blaze.

Todmorden Fire Station watch commander Geoff Shaw said the fire, which originated from the turbine’s nacelle, self-extinguished after approximately two hours.

“There’s a lot of oil running down the outside of the tower and some of the blades have started to break up due to heat damage,” Shaw told reNEWS.

Shaw said the Todmorden Moor turbines were turning significantly more slowly than other wind farms in the area.

“The turbines were turning less than one revolution a minute. I’m assuming they were offline.”

A spokesperson for Glennmont Partners confirmed a fire broke out in a turbine at Todmorden.

“No one was hurt in the incident and as a precaution an exclusion zone has been set up around the turbine,” he said. “Incidents like this are extremely rare and a full investigation into its cause has commenced.”

Image: Nordex

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