Part of German nuclear-power complex on fire

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28 June 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A fire broke out in an ancillary area of a German nuclear power station on Thursday, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky near Hamburg, police said. Cooling fluid in a huge transformer unit caught fire, but the nearby nuclear reactor at the Kruemmel Power Station was not in danger, police in the nearby town of Ratzeburg said. Nobody was injured. "For safety reasons the reactor has been shut down," a police spokesman added. The plant, close to the town of Geesthacht

28 June 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - A fire broke out in an ancillary area of a German nuclear power station on Thursday, sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky near Hamburg, police said.

Cooling fluid in a huge transformer unit caught fire, but the nearby nuclear reactor at the Kruemmel Power Station was not in danger, police in the nearby town of Ratzeburg said. Nobody was injured.

"For safety reasons the reactor has been shut down," a police spokesman added.

The plant, close to the town of Geesthacht, uses the water of the Elbe river as a coolant and belongs to Swedish-owned utility Vattenfall Europe.

How the system caught fire was not known, nor was it clear how long the site would remain disabled. Police did not say what the burning fluid was, but surplus heat from electrical transformers is usually conducted away with oil.

The transformer complex alters the power voltage so it can be fed into the national power grid.

Several hundred firefighters were attempting to put the fire out with chemical foam.

DPA

Subject: German news

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