One person died on Wednesday night as a result of an accident at a nuclear power plant in Asco, Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. Three other workers at the plant were injured.
According to the Catalan medical services, those injured as a result of the incident have been taken to a hospital in the municipality of Mora d’Ebre, and their lives are not in danger.
From the preliminary investigation it appears that the direct cause of the failure was the leakage of the fire insulationwhich released carbon dioxide. Investigators added that the failure of the fire protection system led to the outbreak of the fire.
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The fatal victim of the incident is a 46-year-old firefighter who was employed at the power plant.
The three people who were transported to the hospital were, according to the service’s announcement, employees located near the site of the fire. They suffered respiratory failure due to smoke inhalation.
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From the information provided by the fire brigade it appears that the accident inside the nuclear power plant “did not lead to an increase in radioactivity”.
Seven fire brigades from the Tarragona province were involved in extinguishing the fire by emergency services. They specified that the incident is treated as an accident at work at the preliminary stage of the investigation.