Windmill fire sends black smoke across the valley

The wind turbine in Bear Creek Township caught fire Thursday afternoon. ...Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles.

BEAR CREEK TWP. — A fire at a wind turbine in Bear Creek Township sent a thick cloud of black smoke billowing over parts of the Wyoming Valley on Thursday.

The fire started at about 2 p.m. at a windmill farm on Bald Mountain, where rows of wind turbines generate electrical power.

Multiple fire departments battled the blaze at the turbine, which was reported to be fully involved. The smoke dissipated after about an hour, as of about 3 p.m.

The windmill farm generates electrical power for PPL Electric Utilities but PPL does not own the property, a PPL spokeswoman said Thursday.

Attempts to reach Bear Creek Township firefighters for more information on Thursday were not successful. A listed phone number for the township fire station led to a dead line and did not ring through.


NOV 11 2016
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