Squirrel may have been factor in solar panel fire at Far East Side home, authorities say – Lake Geneva Regional News

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A squirrel may have been a factor in a solar panel fire at a Far East Side home on Monday, authorities reported.

At around 2:45 p.m. Monday, smoke and flames were reported coming from the solar panel on the roof of the Cape Cod style wood-framed home in the 7100 block Littlemore Drive, Madison Fire Department spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said in a statement.

Firefighters shut off the power to the solar panels and quickly extinguished the blaze, which was confined to the solar panel and some asphalt shingles, Schuster said.

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MGE and the solar company also responded to the home, Schuster said.

The cause was determined to be the radiant heat of the solar panel and a contributing factor may have been a squirrel that firefighters saw run from under the panel when they were fighting the fire, Schuster said.

No injuries were reported.

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