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Utility crews extinguished a fire at the Cooper nuclear power plant in southeast Nebraska over the weekend.

A fire ended up discovered in the piping system in the basement of the facility around 9 a.m. Saturday while crews were investigating a hazardous gas, said officials at the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The fire was out before 10 a.m.

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The fire never threatened public safety, the utility said. NPPD and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will investigate what started the fire and evaluate the utility’s response.

The Cooper nuclear plant continued operating throughout the incident on Saturday.

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Cooper sits along the Missouri River in southeast Nebraska near Brownville about 80 miles south of Omaha and across the river from Iowa.

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