Small Fire Burns at Massachusetts Nuclear Plant

October 31, 2008

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at the Pilgrim Nuclear Station that apparently started in a cabinet in an area that calibrates safety equipment.

A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there were no injuries and no release of radioactivity in the Wednesday night fire.

Spokesman Neil Sheehan said the fire was detected just after 8 p.m. on the second floor of a calibration laboratory. The fire was in a maintenance building and not in the reactor building.

The Plymouth Fire Department as well as on-site firefighters responded. The sprinkler system also activated.

Because it took more than 10 minutes to extinguish and because off-site response was needed, it was classified as an unusual event. The incident remains under investigation.

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