Nuclear Event in Belgium on December 19 2015 10:57 AM (UTC).
Tihange's reactor 1 was taken offline at 10:35 p.m. (2135 UTC) Friday following a fire in a non-nuclear section of the plant, operator Electrabel told Belgium's private Belga news agency. Electrabel said the incident did not impact workers, the public or the environment. The power plant - about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the German border city of Aachen - is controversial in neighboring Germany. Earlier this week regional government authorities in Germany protested Belgium's decision to restart the plant's reactor 2 following a two-year shutdown after discovery of micro-cracks in the reactor's cement casing in 2012.