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The Nation

October 04, 1987

A 15-minute fire in a turbine building at the Fort St. Vrain nuclear power plant in Platteville, Colo., injured no one and released no radiation, authorities said. The fire was contained at 12:15 a.m., said a spokesman for plant operator Public Service Co. of Colorado. The reactor had reopened this week but was not yet producing electricity, and damage was described as minimal. Oil from a hydraulic system sprayed onto a hot pipe and ignited in a building separated from the reactor building by a steel wall, officials said. Fort St. Vrain had been shut down since July to replace a helium circulator and remained closed until early this week, the utility spokesman said.

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