June 10. 2014 9:32PM

Solar panel fire at Peterborough hydro-electric power building

Union Leader Correspondent

PETERBOROUGH — A fire that started in the solar panels on the roof of a Wilder Street building Sunday morning caused damage to the structure that houses a hydro-electric plant.

Firefighters responded to the building around 11:20 a.m. said Paul Thibault, Peterborough’s assistant fire chief.

“It came in as a building fire,” Thibault said. “We had heavy smoke coming from the roof line of the structure.”

Jaffrey and Dublin firefighters assisted, but other companies heading to the scene were told to turn back after the fire was put out quickly, Thibault said.

“It took all of 15 minutes,” he said.

The fire caused minor structural damage to the building and is not under investigation, Thibault said.



“The fire originated in the solar panels on the roof, what the exact cause was (is) undetermined,” Thibault said.



The building is owned by American Hydro Power Inc. None of the hydro-electric equipment in the building was damaged in the fire.

The fire did spread inside a cupola sitting on the roof, damaging it.

Thibault said the hydro-electric plant does not power any local homes. The power plant was temporarily shut off during the fire response.