Blame the Victim
"Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig was quick to counter Gotcher's assertion that firefighters failed to act in the best interest of the wind farm. He said the flames, toxic chemicals and unstable nature of the burning warehouse made it unsafe to use water, and deploying hand-held extinguishers was nearly impossible.
"It was a bigger fire than you'd be able to control with any small extinguisher," Seelig told reporters. "The fire was well developed by the time we got there."
Firefighters responded to the blaze in 14 minutes, but were told by a representative of First Wind that based on two earlier fires, the flames were likely to die down on their own. Instead, the fire burned for more than seven hours and completely destroyed the warehouse, knocking the 30-megawatt wind farm offline."
Discussion of Safety
Wind Power Systems Safety (document)
Wind turbine collapse (news report)
Wind turbine self destructs (video)
Substation transformer explosion (video)
Where It All Started
UPC/First Wind, GE, China And The White Houe (Must Read)