Solar panels in Paignton catch fire at industrial building
Firefighters from across the Torbay area of Devon were called to a fire at an industrial building in Blatchcombe, Paignton this morning (March 7th).
The fire, which firefighters claim was an accident, began when a number of solar panels caught fire on the roof of the property.
The one-story building was used as a foundry, according to official fire reports from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services.
Crews from Paignton, Torquay, Brixham, Totnes and Danes Castle were all in attendance and the fire was quickly put out, which reportedly did very little damage.
The full fire report reads: “Crews from Paignton, Torquay, Brixham, Totnes and Danes Castle participated in a fire in a one-story industrial building that was used as a foundry.
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“The fire affected photovoltaic cells on the roof of the building. An air ladder platform and a water browser aided the progress of the crews, who put out the fire with two breathing apparatus, a hose reel, a safety beam and two thermal imaging cameras and a positive pressure fan.
“This was an accident and the building suffered 10% smoke and fire damage.”
At 3:12 p.m. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service went to Twitter to write:
“The crews in the Torbay region dealt with a serious fire involving solar panels in an industrial building this afternoon.”