Fire at nuclear plant

More than 10 fire engines attend the scene of a small fire at Hartlepool Nuclear power station.

Repairs at Hartlepool nuclear plant after small fire

Scene at Hartlepool nuclear plant - 10 fire engines attend the scene of a small fire on Saturday, April 20. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Repairs are expected to take place at Hartlepool nuclear power station after an oil leak and small fire on lagging around a turbine in one of the reactors.

It was being brought back into service. Owners EDF say there was no danger to the public.

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Further statement from EDF Energy after fire at nuclear plant

"EDF Energy can confirm that at 19:18 on 20th April 2013 there was an oil leak and small fire on the lagging surrounding part of the turbine equipment in the turbine hall of unit 2 at Hartlepool power station.

"This occurred while Reactor 2 was being brought back into service following a statutory outage.

"Reactor 2 was successfully shut down and cooled following discovery of the fire.

"The fire service attended site and, together with station staff, quickly brought the fire under control with any residual smouldering extinguished at 19:53.

"There were no injuries as a result of this incident, all staff have been accounted for and there is no threat to the public or staff from this fire which occurred on conventional plant in the turbine hall.

"The station is now in the process of reviewing any damage to the plant and will establish any repair programme required.

"Reactor 1 at the station has been unaffected and continues to operate at full power."

– Statement from EDF Energy

Statement from EDF Energy after small fire at nuclear plant

EDF Energy, which owns the Hartlepool Nuclear power station has released a statement after a "small fire" at the plant last night.

More than 10 fire engines attended the scene of the plant near Seaton Carew.

In a stament EDF Energy has confirmed there was a fire but says "there is no threat to the public or staff".

"EDF Energy confirms that at around 18:30 on 20 April a small fire was detected in the turbine hall of unit 2 at Hartlepool power station.

"The fire was quickly brought under control and any residual smouldering extinguished at 19:53.

"There were no injuries as a result of this incident and there is no threat to the public or staff.

"Unit 1 at the power station continues to operate normally."

– EDF Energy statement

Small fire extinguished at Hartlepool nuclear plant

The emergency services are dealing with what they are describing as a "small fire" at Hartlepool Nuclear power station, owned by EDF Energy.

Cleveland Fire Brigade said more than 10 fire engines were sent to the scene of the plant near Seaton Carew. The blaze has now been extinguished.

In a statement, Cleveland Police said there have been no injuries as a result of the fire and have reassured residents that although smoke can still be seen and noise heard from the site, the fire is out.

"During incidents such as this there are several procedures that take place, including the venting of steam generators.

"This particular process causes noise, which residents of nearby areas such as Seaton Carew may hear."

– Statement from Cleveland Police

Police say any smoke is currently heading in a direction that does not cause any implications for the public.

Officers and fire crews remain on the scene as a precaution.