TVA: Watts Bar Dam generating unit caught on fire

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SPRING CITY (WATE) – A small pump motor fire occurred at the Watts Bar Dam Wednesday morning.

Unit 2 in the turbine building caught on fire, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Tennessee Valley Authority was alerted of an “usual event” at 3:42 a.m. There was a fire in the 2B Hotwell pump motor which occurred for more than 15 minutes.Related:Long-delayed Watts Bar nuclear reactor requests operating license

TVA was able to extinguish the fire after the alert. The company says it did not call for outside help. However, the company did notify an inspector, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear SSA.

Currently, the unit is shutdown in order to re-start work. The pump is a part of the unit’s condenser system. It helps recirculate water that is condensed from steam. The dam has five generating units located on the Tennessee River in between Knoxville and Chattanooga.

No injuries were reported.Copyright 2016 WATE. All rights reserved.

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