Solar Panel Fire - Woongarrah

Published: 05 Jan 2021 09:42am

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) extinguished a solar panel fire that broke out at a home in in Ellalong Way, Woongarrah at 9.42am today.

A Triple Zero (000) caller reported smoke issuing from the roof of the home. Firefighters from Hamlyn Terrace and Doyalson fire stations arrived on scene a short time later and were able to quickly extinguish the fire and ensure it had not spread further.

FRNSW's Fire Investigation and Research Unit are currently working to establish the cause of the fire, which is believed to have started in the isolation switch.

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: 25 Oct 2022 04:36pm

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