A worker at the Tihange nuclear plant was a taken to hospital in an ambulance on Friday evening, after they felt unwell, but they were later discharged. This incident was not related to the fire in the non-nuclear part of the plant, Serge Dauby, the Tihange plant spokesman, said on Saturday. The two incidents happened on two different floors, he added.
The fire happened at around 10.35pm. The fire department intervened, and managed to get the fire under control by around 10.55pm. Tihange 1 automatically shut down, “as part of the normal procedure during an incident”, Electrabel said.
The fire started at a power outlet in an electric auxiliary building, a non-nuclear area of the plant. Electrabel teams are currently investigating the cause of the fire, and are working to get the plant started up again safely as soon as possible. “At the same time as the fire but on a different floor, a worker said they felt tingling”, said Serge Dauby, the spokesman for Tihange nuclear plant. “They were taken to the hospital by ambulance as a precaution. They were discharged later that evening”.