Solar Panel Fire - North Wollongong

Published: 04 Apr 2022 02:36pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has responded to smoke issuing from solar panels on the roof of an industrial building in North Wollongong today.

FRNSW crews gained access to the roof of the building on Ralph Black Drive and found a solar panel isolating switch on fire, just before 11am this morning.

Eight workers self-evacuated the premises and the power to the property has been isolated.

Firefighters used two portable carbon dioxide (C02) extinguishers to douse the flames and render the area safe.

Solar panels on a second industrial building have also been isolated by an Electrical Contractor working on site as a preventative measure.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said this is a timely reminder that calling Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed.

The Triple Zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you. It should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life-threatening or time-critical situations.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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