A fire has broken out on an offshore wind turbine, resulting in a plume of black smoke seen billowing from the Scroby Sands wind farm, located 1.5 miles (2.5 km) off the coast of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
The incident was reported at 10:50 BST on Tuesday, prompting an evacuation. The HM Coastguard confirmed the safety of all personnel, with no reported injuries.
RWE, the German company that owns the wind farm, stated that the turbine was unoccupied when the fire started. BBC Radio Norfolk reporter Andrew Turner noted that only one turbine appeared to be affected.
HM Coastguard indicated they would continue to monitor the situation as smoke continued to emanate from the turbine.
At the scene, smoke continued to billow from the affected turbine an hour after the initial report. Nearby were two wind farm crew transfer vessels and a tugboat towing a jack-up maintenance barge. An individual with knowledge of the wind farm's construction suggested that the fire might be left to extinguish itself.
Scroby Sands Wind Farm, commissioned in 2004, stands as one of the UK's early commercial offshore wind farms. RWE disclosed that its 30 turbines possess an installed capacity of 60 megawatts, capable of powering over 48,000 households.