Guardian: Fire at nuclear power plant triggers major emergency response — ‘Noise’ and smoke still coming from site (PHOTO)

Published: April 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm ET
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Guardian: A fire at a nuclear power plant triggered a major response by emergency services after smoke was seen billowing into the air. Police and fire crews were called to Hartlepool power station at about 6.30pm on Saturday after a blaze broke out while a turbine was being reactivated. The fire caused smoke to billow from the plant but Cleveland police said it was drifting away from nearby homes. Firefighters extinguished the blaze but remained on site as a precaution [...]

ITV News: The emergency services are dealing with what they are describing as a “small fire” at Hartlepool Nuclear power station, owned by EDF Energy. Cleveland Fire Brigade said more than 10 fire engines were sent to the scene of the plant near Seaton Carew. The blaze has now been extinguished. In a statement, Cleveland Police said there have been no injuries as a result of the fire and have reassured residents that although smoke can still be seen and noise heard from the site, the fire is out. [...]

Statement from firefighters: “There is smoke billowing as a result of the fire, but it is currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for members of the public.”

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Published: April 21st, 2013 at 12:32 pm ET
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