Investigation launched into how fire broke out at Hartlepool’s nuclear power station

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ENERGY bosses are to launch an investigation into how a fire broke out in a power station which resulted in one of the nuclear reactors being temporarily shut down.

A fleet of 10 fire engines rushed to Hartlepool Power Station in the early hours of the morning on Saturday after some lagging around a pipe in a turbine hall set alight.

Today EDF Energy chiefs, who run the power station, said the blaze started as a result of a minor oil leak.

They said an inquiry was to be held into the incident and said the reactor that was taken off-line will soon be brought back into operation.

Simon Parsons, Hartlepool’s station director, said: “A member of our team spotted the small fire early on Saturday morning in the turbine hall and our own trained shift fire teams promptly extinguished it using dry powder extinguishers.

“The fire brigade came to site to support the station team and confirmed the fire had been extinguished.

“The small fire, which was started by a minor oil leak, was put out quickly and there was no risk to our staff.

“We will be carrying out a full investigation into the event.”

He added: “As a precaution, reactor 2 was taken offline, and we will be looking to bring that back to power soon.

“We are disappointed that this has happened, but I was very impressed with the professional way my team dealt with this issue alongside the superb support we always get from the fire and rescue services.”

Firefighters from Hartlepool, the Headland, Billingham, Stockton, Thornaby and Coulby Newham rushed to the power station off Tees Road at 1.30am.

The Cleveland Fire Brigade teams remained at the scene until 5.06am on standby to ensure the scene was safe.