Small Fire Forces Richland
The Columbia Generating Station remained offline Monday after a fire forced operators to manually shut down the Richland nuclear energy plant Friday, an Energy Northwest official said Monday.
According to the Energy Northwest official, dripping oil sparked a small fire in insulation surrounding the plant's turbine system Friday night. Operators used water and fire extinguishers to put out the flames, which were estimated to be about 1 to 2 inches tall.
The fire caused no injuries.
The plant likely will remain offline throughout the next few days while the area around the fire is inspected.
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