Fire Reported at Oconee Nuclear Station, Power Plant in South Carolina
Crews responded to a transformer fire at Oconee Nuclear Station, located in South Carolina, on Sunday evening, according to reports.
The Oconee County Emergency Management said the fire was extinguished and the plant wasn’t evacuated.
No nuclear material was released at the facility, operated by Duke Energy, reported FOX Carolina.
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BREAKING: Adara B. shared this video with us of the fire at the Oconee Nuclear Station. Officials said the fire is away from the reactive building. http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/31398906/transformer-at-oconee-nuclear-station-catches-fire
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Video footage captured the fire as it happened.
Fire Chief Charlie King told the FOX affiliate that the transformer was away from a reactive building.
Officials released a statement, saying “Approximately 40 firefighters from both the onsite fire brigade and Oconee & Pickens County were able to bring the fire under control in just over 30 minutes.
“There is NO POTENTIAL FOR RELEASE. No Evacuations or traffic detours are needed. However, we ask that the public stay away from the area as emergency personnel and Duke Energy staff work around the area. There were no injuries sustained during the fire,” they added.
One of the reactors was shut down as a precaution, officials told WSPA-TV. There were no injuries.
Firefighters will be stationed at the plant to assist crews from the power station.
The plant is located on the shores Lake Keowee near Seneca.