A small fire broke out at the Entergy nuclear power plant near Russellville Monday. But offficials say the brief blaze posed no danger to the community.
Entergy says the fire at Arkansas Nuclear One, west of Russellville, began at 1:04 p.m. The fire broke out in an auxiliary building that did not contain any radioactive material.
Entergy Nuclear spokesman Phil Fisher says an employee with a hand-held fire extinguisher put out the fire within 10 minutes of its start. No one was injured.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials are on the scene and are working with Entergy officials to determine the cause of the fire.
Fisher says the fire, which began in an electrical panel, affected the plant's backup for its primary safety system. One of the two units at the steam electric plant continues to operate at 100 percent power. The other continues to run at 60 percent, after coming back on line Saturday after being shut down for 38-days for refueling.
Entergy Arkansas, is the state's largest electrical service provider. The nuclear plant produces about 56 percent of the power used by Entergy Arkansas' 650,000 customers in the state.
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