updated 3/22/2006 9:13:11 AM ET 2006-03-22T14:13:11

Firefighters extinguished a four-hour blaze that broke out at a nuclear power plant in western Japan on Wednesday.

Officials said no radiation leaked, but two workers were injured.

It took firefighters nearly two hours to reach the fire because of thick smoke, and another two hours to put out the flames at the waste incinerating facility in Oi, about 235 miles west of Tokyo, said Manabu Kobana of Kansai Electric Power Co.

Two workers who were inspecting the facility were rushed to a hospital after inhaling smoke, but they were not in critical condition and were not exposed to radiation, local fire officials said.

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