Anthony Brino • April 2, 2018
Wind turbine catches fire Easter night
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — An investigation is underway into what caused a fire in the motor of the University of Maine Presque Isle’s wind turbine, which led to a brief campus power outage Sunday.
Around 10:45 p.m. April 1, the Presque Isle Fire Department responded to a fire at UMPI’s wind turbine. The fire occurred in the turbine’s nacelle, the covered section that houses the motor, generator, gearbox and other mechanics, according to Rachel Rice, UMPI community and media relations director.
“It appears that the turbine motor caught on fire and the overload from it subsequently tripped the campus breakers,” Rice said in a statement. “This caused most of campus to lose power, though with help from Emera, power was restored at around 1:30 a.m.”
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