Fire at New York nuclear plant burns for hours — Outside firefighters called in to help — Reactor goes into shutdown

Published: November 12th, 2012 at 1:58 pm ET
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Title: FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego County shuts down during fire
Source: The Post-Standard
Author: Tim Knauss
Date: Nov 11, 2012 updated Nov 12, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Update: The fire caused the plant to shut down at 3:55 a.m., not 5:45 a.m. as reported in an earlier version of this story. The plant owners declared an “unusual event” at 5:45 a.m.

For the second time in a week, the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Oswego County shut down unexpectedly today, this time because of a fire.

The plant shut down automatically at 3:55 a.m. after a fire broke out in the plant’s main transformer, according to a press release from owner Entergy Nuclear. The fire was extinguished at 6:32 a.m., the company reported. [...]

CNY Central: Firefighters from outside the plant were called in, and had cleared the scene by after 8am.

NRC Emergency Classifications: [Level 1] Notification of Unusual Event – Under this category, events are in process or have occurred which indicate potential degradation in the level of safety of the plant. No release of radioactive material requiring offsite response or monitoring is expected unless further degradation occurs.

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