Solar panel fire - Nowra

Published: 19 Aug 2020 01:33pm

Just after 1.30pm this afternoon Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Shoalhaven Fire Station were called to reports of a house fire on Cornelius St, Nowra.

Upon arrival crews found a fire on the roof of the house which had occurred as a result of an electrical fault on the homes solar panels.

All occupants were safely evacuated and crews were able to extinguish the fire shortly after.

Superintendent Graham Kingsland from the Fire Investigation and Research Unit said it was important to take steps to ensure solar panels were as safe as possible.e
“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. 
“By ensuring solar panels are installed by a licensed installer, and are well maintained by a professional, you can prevent a tragedy” he said. 
For more information on solar panel safety, visit the [Fair Trading website.][1]

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Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm

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NOWRA Fire Station

69 Bridge Road, Nowra NSW 2541


1/34 Norfolk Avenue, Nowra NSW 2541

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26 Prince Alfred Street, Berry NSW 2535