In what one witness said sounded “like a train had come off the rails,” a building at a British power plan has collapsed.
The building, which was part of a larger complex that had already been abandoned, was set to be demolished by a demolition crew. However, it is unclear if the charges exploded prematurely, or if the building came down due to structural weakness. At least one death and several other Injuries have been reported.
Eyewitnesses said it sounded like an explosion took place. One person, who lives a quarter of a mile away from the plant, said it was a “massive noise.” BBC reported Twitter users claimed to have heard an “explosion” followed by “loads of dust.”
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The incident took place around 4 pm in South Oxfordshire. The plant was called the Didcot plant and was decommissioned in 2013. Since the plant’s decommissioning, demolition has taken place on the premises.
BBC reports police and fire personnel are on the scene but no reports have yet been issued. According to Oxfordmail reports and updates, rescue dogs are on the scene, apparently trying to locate anyone who may be trapped under the rubble. Coleman Demolition is in charge of the project and is promising updates as they become available.
Blaine-Morris Smith, who used his camera to record video of the incident, reported hearing a loud explosion followed by a swift-moving dust cloud. Smith’s video can be seen by clicking here.
Contrary to witness accounts, chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said the incident was the result of a building collapse, not an explosion. The latest confirmation of injuries has one dead, five injured, and three unaccounted for.
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