Turbine in flames, two people seriously injured

The smoke development was enormous; Cause was likely due to an electrical short. Two men were taken to a hospital by rescue helicopters.

AUSTRIA - It came to be a spectacular use of the volunteer fire-brigade in Gols on Tuesday afternoon as a fire enveloped a wind turbine and seriously injured two people. The two technicians of a service company were in the process of carrying out maintenance work when the fire broke out, said Energie Burgenland.

According to the Land Security Center Burgenland, the wind turbine affected by the fire is located near a freight route between Gols and Zurndorf. The incident was reported at around 3:30 pm. The Gols fire brigade was on site. 

The area around the windmill was widely blocked to avoid danger from falling parts. The fire was noticed by many motorists through the black smoke column. In the Land Security Center, numerous calls were received within a short time, a spokesman said.

No cause of the accident has been officially reported but according to first available information, a short circuit was likely what triggered the fire.

According to the Land Security Center (LSZ) Burgenland, two ÖAMTC emergency medical helicopters were in operation at the scene of the accident. Christophorus 3 flew a seriously injured man to a hospital in Vienna, the second victim was taken to a hospital in Graz by Christophorus 16.

The plant, which is operated by Energie Burgenland Windkraft, had been regularly maintained in accordance with regulations, Energie Burgenland reported in a statement. Experts from the company were already in place to determine the cause. 

The use of the fire department took several hours.

Translation to English assisted using Google Translate.


DEC 19 2017
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