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BREAKING: Blast at U.K. power station topples building

An explosion at the Didcot power plant complex destroyed a building, causes casualties



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LONDON—British emergency services say they are responding to a “major incident” at a disused power station in southern England.

The BBC is reporting at least one person has died and that clouds of dust shot into the sky.

Photographs of the Didcot plant, 60 miles (100 kilometres) west of London, showed that part of a building appears to have collapsed.

South Central Ambulance says it has sent six ambulances, two air ambulances and a hazardous area response team to the site on the afternoon of Feb. 23. The service could not confirm any casualties.

The incident occurred at an old coal and oil-fueled plant that has been closed since 2013 and is slated for demolition. Didcot also houses an operating gas-powered plant.

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