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News Alert: Fire Erupts at Troubled Reactor; Helicopters May Be Used for Blazes
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Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Tue, March 15, 2011 — 6:37 PM ET

Fire Erupts at Troubled Reactor; Helicopters May Be Used for Blazes

The Japanese government reported early Wednesday that a fire
was burning at the No. 4 reactor of the troubled Fukushima
Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan.

It was not immediately clear what the cause was. There was a
fire at the plant on Tuesday, but the government said that
had been doused.

The announcement came just hours after officials with the
Tokyo Electric Power Company said that they would consider
using helicopters in an attempt to put cold water into a
boiling rooftop storage pool for spent uranium fuel rods. The
rods are still radioactive and potentially as hot and
dangerous as the fuel rods inside the reactors if not kept
submerged in water.

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