USA —A brush fire burning near the Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Thursday was contained after it charred about 10 acres. The plant was never threatened, officials said.
Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the fire broke out about 1:15 p.m. near railroad tracks running through Progress Energys property in Southport. The fire remained a safe distance away from the plant and never posed a serious risk.
The fire was believed to have started after a passing train kicked up sparks, which ignited nearby brush, Garner said.
Firefighters from Southport, Boiling Spring Lakes, St. James, Sunset Harbor-Zion Hill and Yaupon Beach suppressed the flames with water until the state forestry service encircled it with a trench to prevent it from spreading. It was fully contained by 3:30 p.m., Garner said.