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Fire reported at Hartlepool nuclear power station

22 April 2013

An oil leak may have sparked a small blaze at Hartlepool Power Station, site director Simon Parsons said on April 21. He said public and staff at the plant were never at risk and that no-one was injured. The fire broke out while a turbine was being reactivated and caused smoke to billow from the plant. 

Firefighters extinguished the blaze but remained on site as a precaution.

Parsons said investigators would be at the site all day probing the cause of the oil leak at the EDF Energy-owned plant. 

A police statement said: "During incidents such as this, there are several procedures that take place including the venting of steam generators. "This particular process causes noise, which residents of nearby areas such as Seaton Carew may hear."

The smoke being released had no "implications for members of the public", it added.

Power generation by two advanced gas-cooled reactors began in 1983 at the Hartlepool  plant which was taken over by EDF Energy in 2009.

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