Solar panel fire - Pambula Beach

Published: 10 Mar 2021 01:38pm

Firefighters from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the NSW Rural Fire Service have extinguished a solar panel fire that broke out at a home on Pambula Beach Road, Pambula Beach this afternoon.

FRNSW received numerous Triple Zero (000) calls reporting smoke coming from the roof of the home shortly after 1.30pm.

Firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the blaze and no injuries were reported.

Superintendent Graham Kingsland from the Fire Investigation and Research Unit said solar panel fires were becoming an increasing concern for firefighters.

"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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