A wind turbine erupted into flames as fire departments stood by powerless to put it out.
On Friday morning, a wind turbine in Scholen (Diepholz) caught fire but for firefighters on the ground, there was little they could do. The burning tower was too high to reach according to a spokesman for the fire brigade and police. Therefore it was determined that the best course of action was to let the plant burn controlled. The complete engine room burnt down, and the rotor blades fell flaming to the ground.
Cause is still unclear
The fire departments cordon off the area around the turbine because burning parts repeatedly fell to the ground. The crew had no comments as to the cause of the fire or the extent of damage.
Not a rare event
This is not the first time that a wind power plant in northern Germany has gone up in flames. Fires are usually caused by technical failures. Only weeks ago a wind turbine between Oldersbek and Rantrum in fire district Nordfriesland erupted in flames. In early July there was a fire in the gear housing of a wind turbine in Lathen (Emsland) fire. In April, fire destroyed a turbine in Oederquart in the district of Stade.
Translation into English assisted with Google Translate.