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Fire Hits N.Y. Nuclear Plant

January 14, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A fire erupted Thursday near the electric turbine at the James FitzPatrick nuclear power plant near Oswego, N.Y., and was put out after about an hour, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

``The fire is out as far as the flames are concerned,″ NRC spokesman Joe Gilliland said. ``They’re still pouring water on it to make sure it doesn’t reignite.″

The plant is owned by the Port Authority of the State of New York. The 2,400-megawatt plant began operation in 1975.

Gilliland said the fire began in an area of hydrogen tanks near the plant’s electric turbine generator shortly before 1 p.m. EST. The flames were put out at 2:05 p.m., he said.

``There was no danger to the reactor building,″ he said.

Firefighters from local areas helped control the fire. The power plant continued to operate at full power during the fire, officials said.

Gilliland said there are no plans to order the plant to shut down, although NRC response teams are monitoring the incident. NRC resident inspectors were on the site, he said.

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