Solar Panel Fire - Yellow Rock

Published: 16 Nov 2020 08:57am

Just before 9am this morning, Fire and Rescue NSW were alerted to reports of fire on the roof of a home on Singles Ridge Road, Yellow Rock.

Springwood Fire Station arrived to find a single level house with solar panels alight with fire and residents had self evacuated.

Firefighters access the roof spaces to control the fire and contain it to the area of origin. Using a thermal imaging camera, crews were able to ensure the fire had not spread throughout the home.

The home as been rendered safe with no injuries reported.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said it was important to take steps to ensure solar panels were as safe as possible.

"Over the last five years we have seen solar panel related fires increase five-fold. It is not uncommon to see solar panels cause house and building fires," he said.

“By ensuring solar panels are installed by a licensed installer, and are well maintained by a professional, you can prevent a tragedy."

For more information on solar panel safety, visit the Fair Trading website.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm

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