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Published: Friday, 3/21/2014

Small fire extinguished at Fermi 2 nuclear plant


NEWPORT, Mich. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported today that a small fire broke out Thursday at the Fermi 2 nuclear plant in northern Monroe County, but was quickly extinguished with no radiation release or impact to on-site workers.

The fire was near the turbocharger, an air intake system on one of the plant's four diesel generators, NRC officials reported. Diesel generators provide backup electricity in the event of an emergency.

Fermi 2 was shut down for refueling at the time, the NRC said.

An alert was called at 2:05 p.m., then terminated at 3:32 p.m., the agency said.

The NRC said it is investigating the cause.

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