July 4th, 2023 — A wind turbine at the Stemwede Bürgerwindpark in Germany caught fire on Tuesday. According to the Stemwede fire department, the wind turbine operator attempted to extinguish the fire themselves, but was unable to do so. In what is basically a universal scene for wind turbine fires, the fire department was not able to extinguish the fire either, and simply had to let it burn itself out while trying to prevent it from spreading.
“Since it was not possible to extinguish the system itself, the emergency services secured the site and regularly checked the area for embers,” the Stemwede fire department said in a statement.
The wind turbine operator blamed the fire on overheated brakes intended to slow down the turbine if it started to spin too fast.