Radio Sandwell News

Casualties feared after Didcot Power Station 'explosion'

2016-02-23 19:27:39

Didcot Power Plant

A major incident has been declared following an explosion at Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire.

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.

A spokesman, who said he thought there would be casualties, said: "We are describing it as a major incident."

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

Npower said it is investigating.

Didcot Power Plant

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

Adrian Redhead said: "All kicking off at Didcot powerstation, explosion, loads of dust, loads of emergency vehicles. Hope everyone is ok."

He also posted a picture of the scene, adding: "Not sure the side of that building should be missing."

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

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

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.

Didcot Power PlantThames Valley Police said officers were at the scene along with other emergency services

Source: bbc.co.uk

Share this story

Related Stories

News around the web

Cost of childcare for young children has risen more than four times faster than wages since 2008, shows research

Mobs kill 2 more as ‘vampire hysteria’ spreads in Malawi

Over 40% of low earners are eating and buying clothes less to pay their rent, study finds

Government warned of 'dangerous blind spot' over violent attacks on NHS staff

GQ fires political correspondent Rupert Myers following online allegations

Brian's path: Where the storm is due to hit as it approaches the UK and Ireland

Theresa May admits for the first time that Brexit negotiations have been in 'difficulty'

‘We gave you uranium, you repaid us by bombing Belgrade’: Putin slams US over nuclear treaties

Brexit pheasant: What Theresa May will be eating at the EU's leader dinner

‘Giving up territories is a sin’: Putin refers to Torah when asked about values

Image Slider