The fire is brought under control in the Framatome factory in Romans-sur-Isère

The fire which broke out this Wednesday, September 21 in a room containing uranium at the Framatome plant in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme) was “under control” and the first measurements taken by the operator established that there was no “no increase in radioactivity”the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) told AFP.

The event, due to a “printer that caught fire”, lasted about an hour, according to ASN chief inspector Christophe Quintin. The outbreak of fire was brought under control by means internal to the company. Separately, about forty firefighters, “including teams specializing in technological risks”arrived on the spot, indicated the prefecture of Drôme.

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The plant employs 950 people, it manufactures fuel for reactors, both for electricians and research centers.

The fire was detected at 4:25 p.m., according to the prefecture, and the operator informed ASN at 5:10 p.m., according to the latter.

1.7 kg of uranium

“There was a fire outbreak in a workshop, following which the security teams intervened, allowing the fire to be quickly brought under control”said the industrialist specializing in the manufacture of fuel for nuclear reactors.

The printer caught fire in a place where nuclear materials were stored in “plexiglass boxes”, said Christophe Quintin. This uranium was solid.

Also on site is 1.7 kg of uranium in the form of recovered powder, but “fairly far from home”he added.

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The fire started in a room of 20 square meters, according to the prefecture.

“The radioactivity measurements were taken by the operator on the chimney filters”added the ASN inspector, according to whom other measurements will probably be carried out outside in the coming days, independently.

The staff was evacuated, production in this building stopped and all the premises within the factory were made safe, according to the operator.

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