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Dismantled pipe activates smoke alarm

February 21, 2012

Decommissioning part of the cooling circuits at PFR

The site’s fire brigade was called out shortly before 6am this morning when a smoke alarm activated in the Prototype Fast Reactor complex.

The cause of the alarm was traced to a small fire in a section of redundant pipe. The pipe came from a cooling circuit that is being dismantled.

Fire personnel quickly extinguished the fire using specialist graphex powder. Minor damage was caused to the local containment. No radioactivity was detected. No-one was injured.

Further work to dismantle the cooling circuit has been put on hold pending an investigation.

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