Fire at Swedish nuclear plant, reactor safe

Saturday, July 12, 2008

STOCKHOLM, July 11 (Reuters) - A fire broke out on Friday on the roof of a turbine facility at Sweden's Ringhals nuclear power plant but was brought under control, rescue services said.

A spokesman for the plant said there was no risk to the reactor.

"It's ... a fire on the roof of one of the turbine facilities at Ringhals 2," said Fredrik Akesson, of the fire brigade in Varberg. "I would say it's under control."

The rescue services said work was being done on the roof of the turbine facility but said it was too early to say what had caused the fire.

"We are trying to limit and extinguish the fire to make sure that it doesn't spread," said Magnus Petersson of the rescue services.

Ringhals spokesman Gosta Larsen however said that roof workers had accidentally set construction material on fire but that any blaze had already been extinguished.

"There is no risk that the fire would have spread to the reactor," Larsen said.

Ringhals, in the southwest of Sweden, is one of three nuclear plants that meet half the country's power needs. The facility is owned 70 percent by state-held Vattenfall and 30 percent by German utility E.ON.

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