Fire prompts evacuation of spent fuel storage building and delays workers departure

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Welders working on the roof of a building at the Idaho National Laboratory nuclear research site caused a fire at a complex housing spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste on Monday, prompting an evacuation of the building.

KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls reported on Monday that nobody was injured in the blaze at the Materials and Fuels Complex.

Evacuated workers were delayed in their departure from the site.  The spokesman did not reveal any details about the number of workers involved in Monday’s fire, the extent of the evacuation or damage from the welding fire.

Investigators were dispatched onsite last week to INL following recent findings of Cobalt, Cesium, and Europium on the grounds outside of the advanced test reactor complex, specifically on insulation from an unidentified construction project.

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