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A fire has broken out at a nuclear power station in France, leaving several people injured, emergency officials and media reports say. Fire crews are dealing with the incident at the Fessenheim plant in eastern France near the German border. Local government and fire service officials quoted by Reuters said the cause was an "involuntary chemical reaction". The power station has the oldest nuclear reactors in France. It has been the target of regular anti-nuclear protests.
"It was not a fire," the local prefecture said. "There was an outlet of oxygenated steam" produced after hydrogen peroxide reacted with water in a reservoir. About 50 firefighters have been deployed, an official from the service said. French power supplier EDF said "two people were slightly burnt through their gloves."
Electricite de France SA’s oldest nuclear plant will be shut as soon as possible as a pilot for dismantling atomic sites, Energy Minister Delphine Batho said.