Thursday, March 22, 2012

Small fire breaks out at lawned area of Fukushima Daiichi plant

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A small fire broke out on the premises of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Wednesday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, adding that the stable condition of the stricken nuclear reactors is maintained.

The incident occurred at around 11:20 a.m. when workers were trying to weld pipes at a lawned area near a light oil tank, located close to the Nos. 5 and 6 reactor buildings, the company's spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said.

They used a fireproof sheet to cover the work area, but it was blown by the wind and fire sparks flew to the grass. Portions of a 3-meter-square area burned, but workers were able to extinguish the fire by themselves about five minutes later.

Matsumoto said the company will examine whether there was anything insufficient in the work process and would consider whether it is better to spray water beforehand as a preventive measure. Read More