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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 May 2007, 15:27 GMT 16:27 UK
Fire closes nuclear power station
Oldbury Power Station
Oldbury Power Station is to close by 2008
A fire at a nuclear power station has caused it to be shut down indefinitely.

A generator at the Oldbury installation in South Gloucestershire overheated and caught fire on Wednesday, a spokesman for British Nuclear Group said.

No-one was injured in the blaze which was on the non-nuclear side of the plant, but the reactor has been shut for the foreseeable future, he said.

About 12 fire engines were sent to the fire. Oldbury is due to stop generating electricity at the end of 2008.

'Standard procedure'

The blaze was put out by a sprinkler system in the building minutes after it ignited.

Dan Gould, spokesman for British Nuclear Group, said: "The fire took place at around 9.40am this morning.

"The fire was in the non-nuclear part of the plant, there were no injuries and no release of radioactivity.

"However the reactor was shut down, which is accordance with standard procedure."

The fire is believed to have started accidentally.




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