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Fire shuts down nuclear reactor in Texas

Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:51 AM

BAY CITY, Texas, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A fire at a nuclear power plant near Houston has shut down one of the plant's two reactors, utility spokesmen said.

Plant spokesman Buddy Eller said the fire began at 4:42 p.m. Tuesday at the South Texas Project Electric Generating System, about 90 miles southwest of Houston. Eller said the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes.

The San Antonio Express-News said no workers were injured and the fire did not threaten the reactor.

Eller did not know when the reactor will be restarted.

The Express-News said each reactor at the plant produces 1,280 megawatts of electricity. One megawatt is enough to power 500 homes during mild winter conditions.

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