One dead in power station collapse


One dead in Didcot A Power Station collapse

Media captionAerial footage shows the site of the collapse at Didcot

One person has died and three people are unaccounted for following the collapse of a building at Didcot A Power Station.

A major incident has been declared at the site in south Oxfordshire at about 16:00 GMT amid reports of an explosion.

Five people are known to have been injured in what the fire service described as a “very severe incident”.

The decommissioned Didcot plant closed in 2013 and demolition work has been taking place.

Thames Valley Police confirmed officers were at the scene but have not released further details.

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Mr Rose, who is on a committee responsible for the county”s fire service, told the Oxford Mail: “I have been told there has been one fatality, but the rest is currently unknown. The fire service is there now and we are still trying to find out if this was a demolition.”

“At the moment this is being treated as a collapsed building, not an explosion, but there was a bang.”

Npower said it was investigating.

Twitter users have described an “explosion” as well as “loads of dust”.

Thames Cryogenics tweeted: “Big collapse just happened at Didcot Power Station. Loads of dust. Not sure if it was planned.”

Adrian Redhead, who lives about a quarter of a mile away said he had just got home from work after 16:00 when he heard a “massive noise”.

He said: “It sounded like a train had come off the rails. Sirens were all over the place. I looked outside and saw all the dust. There were loads of emergency vehicles.

“There are two helicopters above now. A load of dust came over the house.

“I”ve heard there are people inside.”

Three enormous cooling towers at the disused Didcot A Power Station were demolished at the site in 2014.

The coal-fired power station ceased generating in 2013.

There was a huge fire at the site of Didcot B in 2014 due to an electrical fault.

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South Central Ambulance Service said it has sent its hazardous areas response team to the site, as well as three ambulances and the air ambulance

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