Massive wind turbine catches fire and burns for hours; German fire fighters lacked long ladders
A wind turbine in Germany burned for hours because fir fighters did not have ladders long enough to tackle the 300-foot high blaze.
Fire fighters were not able to tackle the blaze, so were forced to let the turbine burn and watch the rotor blades fall to the ground.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that a lightning storm might have started the blaze.
In 2014 research found that nearly 120 wind turbines catch fire every year. The figures, compiled by engineers at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh, make fire the second-largest cause of accidents after blade failure. The researchers claim that out of 200,000 turbines around the world, 117 fires took place annually.
Source: The Daily Mail (UK)