Monday, 20 May 2019

Fire at Didcot B power station

An investigation is under way into the cause of a huge blaze at a power station in South Oxfordshire which supplies power to a million homes.

12 fire engines and 75 firefighters, were onsite at the height of the incident, including crews from Goring and Watlington, were called to Didcot B power station after the fire broke out in a cooling tower at about 8pm on Sunday.

The station was partially shut down and the fire was brought under control but firefighters were still at the scene today. There were about 12 workers on site at the time but no one was injured.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was not being treated as suspicious.

Simon Furlong, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service's Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: "This was a serious fire which began in one of Didcot B power station's cooling towers and spread to three other cooling towers.

"Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service responded to the scene and worked well to extinguish the fire. We work closely in partnership with the power station to ensure we have plans in place should an incident of this nature actually happen.

"The fire itself was extinguished quickly - there are no reports of injuries, which of course is pleasing.

"As at 10am on Monday we have three fire engines on-scene still, dampening down hot spots and we will continue to have a presence there for at least the next 24 hours.

"An investigation has begun in conjunction with other agencies regarding the cause of the fire - I expect that it will take some time to determine the reasons behind what actually happened."

A spokesman for energy company RWE npower, which owns the gas-burning power station, said it was too early to say how much damage had been caused.

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