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Fire causes shutdown at Spanish nuclear plant

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A nuclear power plant in the Spanish port town of Tarragona has been shut down following a fire in an electricity generator.

Emergency services say the blaze, which broke out early this morning, is now out.

Authorities claim the fire started in a side building separate to the complex which houses the nuclear reactor.

Spain’s Nuclear Security Council say no one at the Endessa/Iberdrola owned Vandellos plant II has been injured and there are no consequences for the environment.

The mayor of the town has dismissed the significance of the incident and called for calm.

Spain’s ageing reactors face an uncertain future in a country where nuclear power is a vote-loser.

Only last November the Asco I nuclear plant also based in Tarragona suffered a radioactive leak, which led to the screening of more than 2,500 people.