Transformer fire shuts down part of Indian Point power plant

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BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A spokesman for Entergy Corp. says a transformer failed today at the Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant north of New York City, causing a fire that was quickly extinguished.

Jerry Nappi says the unit shut down automatically and is deemed safe and stable. He says there was no radioactive release

The transformer takes energy created by the plant and changes the voltage for the grid supplying power to the state.

Nappi says the blaze, which sent black smoke billowing into the sky, was extinguished by a sprinkler system and on-site personnel. He adds that Westchester County police and fire were on site as a precaution.

It's not clear what caused the failure, or whether the transformer will have to be replaced. It's unclear how long Unit 3 will be down.

The company's Unit 2 plant was not affected.

The Indian Point Energy Center, in Buchanan, supplies electricity for homes, businesses and public facilities in New York City and Westchester County.

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