A fire led to a blast in the machine room of a nuclear power plant on France’s northwest coast on Thursday morning but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF said.

 

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EDF said staff at the Flamanville plant in Normandy immediately brought the fire under control. The cause of the fire, in the No. 1 reactor building, was not immediately clear.

 

The machine room housing turbines that produce electricity is a non-nuclear area of the plant. There was no radiation leak as a result of the fire or blast, EDF said.

 

EDF said the plant’s No. 1 reactor was subsequently disconnected from the grid — normal operating procedure in such circumstances.

 

Flamanville has two 1,300 megawatt reactors, the first in operation since 1985, and the second since 19.