Small fire shuts nuclear power plant

LONDON (Reuters) - A small fire shut a nuclear power plant on Wednesday but posed no danger to the public, firefighters said.

A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue said firefighters had sent 10 trucks to Oldbury Power Station, near Bristol, after a small explosion in an electricity transformer.

The fire was put out by an automatic fire-suppression system at the plant.

“Where the fire was, it was a long way away from a nuclear reactor,” the spokesman said, adding that no one was hurt and the public was in no danger.

Dan Gould, spokesman for British Nuclear Group, said the reactor had been shut at the 435 megawatt plant, and would be restarted only when the cause of the fire was determined and the equipment repaired.