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At least one death reported after 'massive' explosion at UK power station

The coal-fired power station was decommissioned in 2013. It is understood that several casualties are expected.

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A MAJOR INCIDENT has been declared following an explosion at a power station north of London.

Didcot Power Station, in Oxfordshire, had been marked for demolition. However, that demolition was not planned for today it seems.

At least one fatality has been reported with several casualties.

Deputy leader of Oxfordshire county council Rodney Rose has 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.

South Central Ambulance Service has said it has sent its hazardous areas response teams to the site together with three ambulances and an air support.

Thames Valley Police have confirmed that there are officers in attendance at the scene.

It is not yet clear as to whether or not there are any casualties as a result of the incident.

Didcot Power Station, a coal-fired utility, was decommissioned in 2013.

Three of its giant cooling towers were previously demolished in 2014.

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