A MAJOR incident has been declared, with several casualties and one reported death, after a building collapsed this afternoon at Didcot power station.
Emergency services are currently dealing with the aftermath.
The deputy leader of Oxfordshire county council, Rodney Rose, has informed local press there has been at least one fatality.
He 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.”
Footage from the site shows a large part of the now defunct Didcot A site had collapsed.
David Cooke, whose company Thames Cryogenics has a building overlooking the power station, added: “Our building shook and as we looked out of the window, the end of the main turbine hall collapsed in a huge pile of dust.
“It totally obscured the towers and must have drifted across the roads and main rail line. What’s left looks a tangled mess.
“The dust was hanging over the area for five to 10 minutes.
“First thought was, it didn’t looked planned, followed by the thought that people are going to have been hurt.”
Part of the former coal-fired Didcot A, which closed in 2013, was previously demolished. Other buildings on site were due to follow suit although it is unclear whether this incident was a result of such work.
Didcot B, an operational gas-fired power station, is situated next to the collapsed plant. There has been no confirmation that its operation has been affected.