Alarm over incident at French Fessenheim nuclear plant
French power utility company EDF is denying reports that a fire broke out at its Fessenheim nuclear plant in Alsace, eastern France, claiming a steam leak set off the fire alarm.
“No fire broke out,” an EDF spokeswoman told Reuters. “During a maintenance operation steam escaped which set off the fire alarm,” she said.
She stated that the incident harmed two EDF workers.
A local operator said the two employees suffered minor burns, according to France24.
Officials say the incident was sparked by an “involuntary chemical reaction” and was quickly brought under control.
Previous reports claimed that local fire crews were fighting a blaze at the site, which is located near the German border.
The plant’s twin reactors are the oldest in France.
EDF’s 58 atomic plants generate about 78 per cent of the country’s power.
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