Fire Put Out at Tepco’s Dai-Ni Plant, No Radiation Leakage

A fire that broke out at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ni nuclear station today was extinguished in three minutes, Junichi Matsumoto, a general manager at the company, said in Tokyo. No radiation leaked to the environment, Matsumoto said.

The fire started at a power distribution panel for lighting in the building of reactor No. 1 at the Fukushima Dai-Ni plant at 10:01 a.m. local time today. There were no injuries, he said.

The Dai-Ni plant is about 12 kilometers, or 7 miles, south of Tokyo Electric’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi station, where three reactors melted down and radiation is being emitted after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Dai-Ni automatically shut down after the quake and is in a stable state, Tokyo Electric has said.

“We are still investigating the cause of the fire,” said Matsumoto. “The International Atomic Energy Agency team inspected the Dai-Ni plant yesterday and will visit Dai-Ichi today,” he said.

The IAEA team has members from 12 countries and is led by the U.K.’s heard nuclear safety inspector, Mike Weightman. The group also made an inspection tour of Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tokai plant northeast of Tokyo yesterday. The Tokai nuclear station shut down automatically after the quake.

The mission will finish on June 2, according to a statement posted on the IAEA website. The team will prepare a report for a ministerial conference on nuclear safety in Vienna on June 20.

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