A major incident has been declared following the partial collapse of a building at Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire.
One fatality has been confirmed, and Thames Valley Fire Control Service said a further three people are reported missing on site. Emergency services are looking for the missing people with sniffer dogs and search equipment.
Assistant chief fire officer Simon Furlong said: "We've had no significant signs [of life], but that doesn't mean to say there isn't saveable lives still within the building.”
Thanks to all the emergency services who are still trying to find people in the building
Oxforshire County Council deputy leader Rodney Rose
Rodney Rose, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: "My thoughts are with families with a loved one who has died or is still missing,” said
“Thanks to all the emergency services who are still trying to find people in the building,” Rose added.
Five people have also been taken to a nearby hospital, with one suffering from serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to a report on the Oxfordshire County Council website.
Meanwhile, more than 47 people were also treated for dust inhalation but have since been discharged.
“We are working with our contractors Coleman and Company to establish the facts and will keep you updated as soon as we have more information,” said the plant’s operators Npower.
Didcot A power station was closed for decommissioning in 2013 and demolition work had been taking place at the site.
The building, which collapsed just after 16:00 GMT, was due for demolition later this year, the County Council said.
"The remainder of the building is very unsafe which is hampering search. This is a very difficult situation with a very unstable structure," Furlong said.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed and will conduct an investigation, which will be supported by Thames Valley Police.
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