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Fire extinguished at Diablo Canyon Power Plant

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UPDATE (9:40 p.m.) - PG&E has issued the following statement about the fire:

"Earlier this evening at PG&E's Diablo Canyon Power Plant we experienced a situation at our ocean intake structure where a motorized pump that runs a system to clean kelp and ocean debris in our intake structure overheated. There is absolutely no risk to plant safety or personnel and both units continue to operate at full power.  Our on-site fire department responded to the scene, and per our procedures and out of an abundance of caution we requested off-site fire assistance, which was cancelled a short time later.  Our on-site fire department team quickly extinguished a small flame on the equipment that briefly flared up while they were on the scene.  Our current efforts are focused on determining the cause of the situation."

-Lynsey Paulo, Pacific Gas and Electric Marketing and Communications


UPDATE (7:36 p.m.) - The fire is out. One county fire crew is helping with mop-up.


ORIGINAL STORY - Firefighters were called out Thursday night to a reported fire at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

The call went out around 7:15 p.m. City and county units responded. They were said to be investigating a smell of smoke near the intake area.

Several fire trucks could be seen at the gate to the power plant in Avila Beach. Smoke was reported to be visible by fire crews several miles away from the gate on PG&E property.

This is a developing story. We have a crew on the way. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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