Sunday, 22 October 2017

One dead after major incident at power station

ONE person has died and three are still missing after the collapse of a building at Didcot A Power Station.

ONE person has died and three are still missing after the collapse of a building at Didcot A Power Station.

Four other people have been taken to hospital when half of what was thought to be a turbine hall fell at about 4pm.

Two with serious injuries and two with minor injuries.

All the people worked for demolition specialists The Coleman Group.

The company has been demolishing the buildings since 2012.

The A power station was decommissioned in 2014.

No demolition was planned for today at the power station.

Sniffer dogs and a specialist search and rescue team from Hampshire and Buckinghamshire is also on the scene.

Mr Travis said the building was about 300m long and about ten storeys high.

About half those storeys have collapsed.

A cloud of dust could be seen around the building just after it collapsed.

About 60 firefighters were involved in the operation.

Nathan Travis, deputy chief fire officer, said: "A major incident has been declared at Didcot Power Station following the partial collapse of a building.

"There was a partial collapse of a large building, which is approximately 300m long and ten storeys high. The building was due to be demolished in the coming months.

"Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has command of the incident, supported by South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police.

"Sadly, one person has been confirmed to have died during the incident.

"Meanwhile, four people have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford; two with serious injuries, two with minor injuries.

"There are three people reported missing on site at this time.

"More than 50 people were treated at the scene for dust inhalation, and have since been discharged.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and will conduct an investigation, which will be supported by Thames Valley Police.

"There is currently a 100m cordon in place, however there are no public road closures at this time.

"The search will be a considerable undertaking due to the instability of the site. We expect the search will continue through the night and possibly into the coming days.

"There is Specialist Rescue and Command Support Units, and Urban Search and Rescue Units from Buckinghamshire at the scene, including search dogs. The fire service is being supported by South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police.

"Dust from the collapse covered a considerable area but I would like to reassure the public there were no hazardous materials within the building, we would advise local residents to remain inside, keeping doors and windows closed.

"Anyone concerned about dust inhalation should call NHS on 111.

"I would like to confirm that this is not being treated as a terrorist incident.”

Photo courtesy of Blaine Smith



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