Above: Diane Searle, and her grandsons Ethan Burns, 8, and Braxton Rooze, 7, at Mrs Searle’s Balonne Street home that fire crews attended on Sunday.

Narrabri Fire and Rescue is suggesting that homeowners consider having their solar power checked after firefighters located a burnt-out solar panel isolator at a home in Balonne Street on Sunday afternoon.
Narrabri Fire and Rescue Station Commander, Shane Bradford said the cause of Sunday’s incident was still being investigated but said the Station has received ‘numerous call-outs’ about solar panels in the last 18 months.
“The word of warning is – if you’re not sure, it’s advisable to get a qualified solar electrician to make sure you don’t have a recalled product attached to your solar panels,” said Commander Bradford.
The Fire Station received multiple calls to triple zero at 1.42pm on Sunday regarding the house fire in Balonne Street, and crews were on the scene within seven minutes.
“The owners were on-site and quite distraught with the amount of smoke coming off the house,” said Commander Bradford who attended the incident. Fire fighters quickly located the burnt-out, solar panel isolator that was connected to a string of panels mounted on the roof of the home.

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