Electrical fires shut down nuke plant

HARTSVILLE, SC - HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Two fires in an electrical room have forced Progress Energy to shut down its South Carolina nuclear plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says no workers were injured in the fires Sunday night at the H. B. Robinson site, and the people living around the plant near Hartsville were not in danger.

The NRC has sent several investigators to the plant to figure out what caused the fires.

Progress Energy says the first fire started around 7 p.m. in a breaker in the turbine building, while the second happened in an adjacent breaker about four hours later. The blazes were put out in minutes.

The utility is waiting to hear from inspectors before deciding when the reactor will be restarted. Workers were scheduled to shut it down and refuel it in mid-April.

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