A nuclear reactor at an Upstate power plant near Seneca remains offline after a minor fire at a transformer on the site Sunday.
The Unit 1 reactor at Oconee Nuclear Station was shut down as a precaution after the transformer connected to the nuclear plant’s power feed caught fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from Oconee and Pickens County were able to put out the fire within 30 minutes of arriving and no serious damage to the reactor building was reported, according to Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King.
There were no injuries sustained during the fire. The transformer is located outside of the reactor building and officials say the fire was never in danger of reaching the containment area. Duke Energy officials said they shut down Unit #1 as a precaution, but say the fire was not linked to the containment area and that there was never a danger. No evacuations were ordered.
Site vice president Scott Batson said the transformer suffered an “equipment issue” and burned dark black smoke because of oil inside the transformer. He said a preliminary investigation of the exact cause should be finished within the next two weeks.
The fire and ensuing reactor shutdown did not cause any power outages for Duke Energy customers in the region.