Transformer catches fire at nuclear power station

OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -- A transformer burst into flames at an Upstate nuclear power station.

It happened at the Oconee Nuclear Station around 3:20 Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said one of the reactors was shut down as a precaution, but there is no danger to the public.

In a release, the fire chief said there was no risk of release and no evacuations or traffic detours are needed.

Officials did ask the public to stay away from the area as emergency personnel and Duke Energy staff work the scene.

They said there were no injuries in the fire and the plant wasn't damaged by the blaze.

The fire chief also said crews are continuing to work with on-site personnel to ensure the transformer remains cool and that there is no further extension.

The run-off from the firefighting water mixed with foam and transformer oil is being contained on site.

Crews will remain on site throughout Sunday evening assisting plant crews as needed.

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