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Fire shuts nuclear power station

Exterior of Dungeness B nuclear power station
British Energy said the fire had posed no risk to the public

The Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent has been shut down after a small fire in the boiler annexe.

The fire was extinguished by fire crews after it was spotted by staff just before midnight. No-one was injured.

The plant has two reactors - one was already out of action for maintenance, but the fire meant the other one also had to be shut down.

British Energy said there was no risk to the public and there had been no release of radioactive material.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Currently the plant is not producing power for the National Grid, but when both reactors are working they can produce enough power for 1.5 million customers.

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