Fire call at Seabrook nuclear plant 'no concern,' chief says

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SEABROOK - A fire reported on the campus of the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant is "no cause for concern," according to the town's fire chief.

Seabrook Fire Chief Everett Strangman said a "small air unit" that blows air from the ceiling overheated around 2 p.m. Thursday, causing the Fire Department to report to the power plant.

"It was a little smoky, but no cause for concern as far as fire spreading or anything," he said. "They took care of it pretty quick."

Al Griffith, spokesman for the power plant, noted that the office building in which the incident occurred was "outside the plant proper" and didn't fall within the plant's "protected area."

But, he said, when an employee smelled something they called the Fire Department immediately, per procedure.

"Because it's who we are. This is how we handle things. We're over-conservative," Griffith said.

Griffith said it was important to consider the building's location because oftentimes people "don't realize (the campus) is 900 acres and there's all kinds of support buildings outside the plant."

"Within a short amount of time, everybody was back at work and everything was fine," he said.

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