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Industrial washer catches fire at Shearon Harris; no injuries reported

Posted September 10, 2014

Progress Energy invited the media to tour the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant near New Hill in Wake County on May 18, 2011. Pool photo.

— Emergency crews quickly extinguished a fire Wednesday morning in a building at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant in Wake County, officials said.

An industrial washer in a building well outside the plant's reactor and turbine buildings caught fire at about 5 a.m.

No injuries were reported, and there were no evacuations.


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  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 10, 2014
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    You really don't know what you are talking about. This electric washer is in a solid concrete room. It would have been impossible for the fire to spread. You have not idea how save the plant is. You just live in fear because the Japanese people were stupid enough to build nuclear plants on top of an earth quake zone. You really don't need to spend your time worrying about out plant.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Sep 10, 2014

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    Because any accident that happens at a nuclear plant IS news. These things are catastrophes waiting to happen.

  • Bobby Broadwell Sep 10, 2014
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    Because it may demonstrate competency, that's why.

    Germany, a country that is fact driven, is going quickly to "clean coal" and abandoning nuclear power since Fu*ushima. Fu*ushima demonstrates that no matter how "safe" you think your nuclear power plant is...it's not.

    The profanity filter would not let me type the name of the Japanese nuclear power plant disaster properly.

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 10, 2014
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    WRAL should be ashamed of themselves. They either want to stir up fear or they are just so ignorant about what happened, they are hopeless. This really makes WRAL look bad.

  • Chad Johnson Sep 10, 2014
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    Why is this even on the news?