13 Sep '13, 2pm

Solar Panels: In the Line of Fire

As more rooftop solar arrays are installed on residential and commercial buildings, firefighters are faced with new challenges when a blaze erupts. But with the proper training and preparation, these new hazards can be safely mitigated. A massive fire erupted in early September at the Dietz & Watson distribution center in South Jersey, a 300,000 square-foot storage facility for meats and cheeses. The roof of the warehouse was covered with 7,000 photovoltaic panels which, according to state fire marshal William Kramer, prevented firefighters from opening up the roof to ventilate the structure while posing the threat of electrocution. The result? The solar panels were blamed for the “complete destruction of the warehouse,” reported NBC Philadelphia . Ken Willette, division manager of the National Fire Protection Association, explained that solar panels are made up of photoel...

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