Volunteer firefighters train to respond to emergencies at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant
SPRING CITY, TN (WRCB) -
Channel 3 is learning more about Tuesday night's response to a fire at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City.
A failed transformer started the fire, and prompted what is called an "unusual event" emergency. That is the least significant of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's emergency classification levels.
Crews on site were able to put out the fire, but local agencies were called for backup. Volunteer firefighters go through yearly training at the plant to stay prepared for emergencies.
"It's like any other plant that may have an emergency," said Tony Finnell, Meigs Co. EMA Director. 'Our objective is to try to take care of the emergency as quickly as possible."
Emergency crews were ready for the worst on Tuesday night, when a fire was reported at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
TVA Spokesperson Jim Hopson confirmed that flames broke out in the plant's switch yard.
"The switch yard is part of the transmission system, not part of the nuclear generation or power generation system at the plant," Hopson said. "It was not involving the reactor, or any part of the plant proper whatsoever."
Emergency crews on site were able to extinguish the fire without any injuries.