French nuclear watchdog activates emergency centre after fire at nuclear site

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“No radioactive substance was affected by the fire”, the watchdog said, adding that it de-activated its emergency centre in the evening as the fire had been brought under control.

More extensive checks will be carried out by a special research team on Thursday.

A Framatome spokesman earlier said no staffer was harmed.

Framatome is a unit of French nuclear energy giant EDF. According to the company’s website, the Romans-sur-Isere site where the fire erupted produces fuel for nuclear power reactors based on enriched uranium.