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Fire at nuclear plant caused by air conditioning

Fire at nuclear plant caused by air conditioning

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A fire at the No.1 nuclear plant in New Taipei City Saturday was caused by an air conditioner and did not pose any threat to safety, the Taiwan Power Corporation said.
The plant’s own firefighting brigade arrived on the spot and managed to extinguish the blaze around 3:43 p.m., about half an hour after it started, reports said.
An air conditioning unit on a building separate from the nuclear reactors suffered a mechanical problem and started smoking, according to Taipower. It was an employee on a regular inspection round who first spotted the problem, alerted security guards and used a fire extinguisher to attack the blaze. He also called in the local firefighting unit.
Since the distance between the fire and the reactor buildings was more than 2 kilometers, at no time was there a risk to the safety of the facility, Taipower said.
The company said it would launch a full review of all air conditioners and replace those that were not up to the task.
Taipower said nobody was injured during the blaze, but it estimated the damage at NT$100,000 (US$3,287). The company said the fire had no impact on work at the nuclear power station or at the building where it occurred, which officials described as “a small factory unit on the coast.”
The No.1 nuclear plant is located in Shihmen, a seaside district of New Taipei City east of Tamshui and Sanchih.


Updated : 2021-09-21 11:28 GMT+08:00