BBC/ Major fire at gas-fired Didcot B power station

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SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) – Fire crews have been battling a major blaze at Didcot B Power Station, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue has said.

At the height of the fire, which broke out in one of the cooling towers, 20 fire appliances were are at the scene

Energy company RWE npower, which owns the gas-burning power station, has said the fire is now under control and there have been no injuries.

Police have warned local people to stay indoors and close their doors and windows.

The plant was shut down and all areas isolated before crews moved in to tackle the fire.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “First, I want to thank the emergency services who are at Didcot working to tackle the blaze.

“I’ve been reassured by National Grid that there is no risk to electricity supplies. I will be keeping in touch with the relevant authorities throughout.

“My priority is to understand the cause of the fire and get the affected unit back generating electricity as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue’s chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said: “We’ve currently got 12 fire engines in attendance, that’s over 60 firefighters – and we’ve also got three hydraulic platforms so we can work at height putting water down on to the fire.

“We’ve been working very closely as well with the site management from Didcot Power Station to make sure it was shut down.

“I’m sure you can appreciate that water and electricity don’t mix so we need to make sure that it’s safe for our firefighters to fight the fire.”

The fire service said the blaze was not being treated as arson or a terrorist incident.

A spokesman for RWE npower said: “We can confirm that no one is injured which is clearly the most important thing and also that the fire is now under control.

“Obviously the plant has been shut down.”

He said it was “too early to say” how much damage had been caused, adding that there would have been “about a dozen” people on site when the fire broke out.

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