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£1m wind turbine bursts into flames after lightning strike

PUBLISHED: 10:39 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 30 May 2018

Wind turbine fire in the Fens. PHOTO: Matt Benstead.

Wind turbine fire in the Fens. PHOTO: Matt Benstead.

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A wind turbine is being allowed to burn itself out after being struck by lightning.

Wind turbine fire in the Fens. PHOTO: Matt Benstead.Wind turbine fire in the Fens. PHOTO: Matt Benstead.

Fire crews are at the scene of the blaze at Ransonmoor wind farm, near Doddington, following the lightning strike in the early hours of the morning.

Former fireman David Oldale, who woke up to receive a phone call from his daughter who lives in a farm house next door to the wind turbine, said: “I would leave it, it’s too dangerous, I’d let it go.

“It started in the motor room where the turbine is at several hundred feet.

“It’s gradually burning down the tower; all the bits are dropping off.

“The fire crews are still here and I think they are going to let it burnt out, because there’s nothing else they can do really.”

Ransonmoor wind farm is located in the Fens of Cambridgeshire. The Fenpower project generates enough power each year to supply the electricity needs of 6,600 UK homes and contributes annually to a community benefit fund to support a variety of valuable local initiatives.


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