Fire damages building at Iran nuclear enrichment site

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A fire has burned a building above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though officials say it did not affect its centrifuge operation or cause any release of radiation. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire Thursday, calling it an “incident” that only affected an “industrial shed.” However, spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi and Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi both rushed after the fire to Natanz, which has been targeted in sabotage campaigns in the past. A photograph later released by the atomic energy agency showed a brick building with scorch marks and its roof apparently destroyed.