Wind Turbine Fire In Michigan Draws Spectators; No Injuries

A fire burns at a wind turbine on Monday, April 1, 2019, near Elkton, Mich. The fire drew spectators who watched flaming debris fall to the ground, but no injuries were reported. Crews let the fire burn itself out. (Renee Willis/The Huron Daily Tribune via AP)

ELKTON, Mich. (AP) — A wind turbine fire in Michigan sent black smoke billowing into the air and drew spectators who watched as flaming debris fell to the ground.

There were no injuries due to Monday’s fire in Huron County near the village of Elkton, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Detroit. The Huron Daily Tribune posted video of the fire .

Jared Schuette, who owns property where the turbine is located, tells WNEM-TV it’s “a small town and everyone was coming from everywhere to record it and take pictures.”

Crews couldn’t reach the fire at the turbine’s top, so it was left to burn itself out.

Exelon Generation says the turbine is part of its Harvest Wind II project and operators deenergized other Harvest Wind II turbines as a precautionary measure.

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