Fire at Fukushima's No. 4 reactor, fuel rods damaged at reactor's 1 and 2: TEPCO

13:39, March 16, 2011      

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Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said early on Wednesday that a fire had broken out at the same reactor building as the scene of a blaze Tuesday at the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant where high amounts of radiation have been detected.

According to the plant's officials, the fire was spotted at 05: 45 a.m. local time at the northwestern corner of the building that houses the No. 4 reactor.

Although half an hour following the first sighting of flames, the blaze could no longer be seen the utility said.

TEPCO said they are concerned as the location of the blaze was the same place at which instruments that adjust the speed of a pump sending cooling water to the reactor are located.

The company said that their workers could not get any closer to inspect the instruments because the radiation level remains high there.

TEPCO added that it may spray boric acid by helicopter into the reactor in an effort to prevent the reactor's spent nuclear fuel rods from reaching criticality again and restarting a lethal nuclear chain reaction.

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