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Wind turbine catches on fire

photo by Terry Speer photo by Terry Speer

Altona, New York - January 29, 2012

Authorities are investigating what caused a wind turbine to catch fire in Northern New York.

It happened Saturday night in Altona.  Officials say people driving by the windfarm noticed the fire in one of the 400 foot turbines. Noble Environmental, the owner of the windfarm, says no one was injured.  The cause of the fire is not known.
Two years ago a turbine at the same park came crashing down when the blades spun out-of-control in high winds.  An investigation in that case uncovered a wiring problem that prevented the turbine from safely shutting down.

Wind speed at the time of Saturday night's fire was reportedly around 25 miles per hour.

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