Kevelaer A solar power system caught fire on Saturday afternoon at Industriestraße. In such cases, the use of firefighters is not without risk.
A photovoltaic system in the commercial area caught fire on Saturday afternoon for reasons that are still unknown. Firefighters were called around 12 noon because the large system on the roof of a butcher’s shop on Industriestrasse was on fire. The city fire engine and the Wetten fire engine arrived. Already on the road, firefighters could see the dense cloud of smoke.
While the first emergency services began to extinguish the burning modules on the roof, two butchery workers had to be attended by the rescue service. The two men had tried to extinguish the fire and inhaled the highly toxic smoke. For further treatment, the two injured were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.
Operations on photovoltaic systems pose a particular challenge for firefighters, as the systems are still active, especially when the modules are under high voltage due to strong solar radiation. That was the case around noon in Kevelaer. “We had to be careful and keep the proper distance,” said Markus Rademacher, a spokesman for the Kevelaer fire department. But everything worked, the situation was under control.
“A quick and coordinated suppression attack from multiple sides was quickly successful, so the fire was under control just a few minutes after the fire brigade arrived,” says Rademacher.
The operation was not yet complete because the fire continued. After a good hour, all the flames were extinguished and the firefighters were able to move away again.
For a better assessment and assessment of the situation, the fire brigade had already taken a drone into the air at an early stage to document the details of the damage. The integrated thermal imaging camera clearly showed that the suppression attacks were successful.
There is no information yet on the cause of the fire, and the amount of property damage is also unclear.
Here is the photo gallery: photovoltaic system on fire in butcher shop
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