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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Fire in Smolensk

A fire at a Chernobyl-type nuclear power plant in the Russian city of Smolensk briefly cut electricity to the neighboring country of Belarus, but no one was injured and no radiation was released, officials said Friday.


The fire, which occurred Thursday night in a transformer outside the reactor complex, did not force the plant to shut down. It was extinguished within 30 minutes, said Grigory Kaurov, spokesman for the Nuclear Power Ministry.


Belarus has other sources of power and did not suffer widespread blackouts or other problems from the fire 325 kilometers west of Moscow.


The Smolensk plant, which went into operation in the 1980s, has three RBMK reactors, the same kind that exploded and burned at Ukraine's Chernobyl plant in 1986, the worst nuclear power accident in history.