Fire prompts evacuation at nuclear research lab in Idaho

SALMON, Idaho Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:28pm EDT

The Idaho National Laboratory, Materials and Fuels Complex, is shown in this September 9, 2009 file publicity photograph released to Reuters August 25, 2011. REUTERS/Idaho National Laboratory/US Department of Energy/Handout

The Idaho National Laboratory, Materials and Fuels Complex, is shown in this September 9, 2009 file publicity photograph released to Reuters August 25, 2011.

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SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Officials at a nuclear research laboratory in Idaho said a fire erupted on the roof of a facility that houses spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste on Monday, prompting an evacuation of workers there, but all the employees were reported safe.

No injuries were reported from the blaze, which was triggered by a welding accident on the roof of the so-called Materials and Fuels Complex at the Idaho National Laboratory, managed by the U.S. Energy Department, lab officials said. The fire has since been put out, lab spokesman Craig Shull told Reuters.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Dan Burns)

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