Arson at corporate offices for Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Someone set an early morning fire at the corporate offices of a nuclear power plant that is fighting to stay open, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured, but the building that houses offices for the Vermont Yankee plant was unusable because of smoke, fire and water damage, a spokesman for the plant’s owner said.

There was no damage to the plant’s lone reactor, which is about seven miles south of the office building, in the town of Vernon.

Entergy spokesman Larry Smith said people have protested at the office building but it has never been damaged.

“If it’s determined that this was a deliberate act, it would be the most brazen, I think, act towards Entergy that we’ve ever seen, and it would be very disturbing,” Smith said before police announced they were calling it arson.

The corporate building includes a basement with testing laboratories. It houses the plant’s communication equipment and its public and government relations offices.

The two-story building’s sprinkler system alerted the fire department at around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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