No one was injured in a fire at TVA’s Browns Ferry nuclear power plant

A fire that broke out in a turbine building at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Generating Station in northern Alabama was extinguished by a Tennessee Valley Authority crew with no injuries, the utility said Monday. .

The fire, which began on Saturday afternoon, occurred at the plant’s Unit 3 in the oil system of a water pump, according to a report by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Fire crews at the plant, located on the bank of the Tennessee River near Athens, did not require outside help and no injuries were reported.

While a federal report showed the fire started at 1:30 p.m. and was extinguished 30 minutes later, a TVA spokesperson said that included reporting lags and the fire was extinguished. immediately.

The fire occurred in a part of the building away from the nuclear reactor. When operating normally, the heat from the nuclear reactor turns water into steam, which is then used to drive turbines that produce electricity.

Browns Ferry has a troubled history that includes at least two far more serious fires. A worker using a candle started a fire that crippled the plant’s safety system in 1975 in what was considered the country’s worst nuclear accident at the time, and the flames destroyed a cooling tower at the exterior of the main factory building in 1986.