Investigation into Didcot B power station blaze begins

19 October 2014 (Last Updated October 19th, 2014 18:30)

Fire investigation officers are probing into the cause of a major fire at the gas-fired Didcot B power station in Oxfordhire, the UK.

Fire investigation officers are probing into the cause of a major fire at the gas-fired Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire, the UK.

The major blaze has resulted in partial shutting down of the station.

Approximately 25 fire engines and around 100 firefighters were employed to tackle the fire on Sunday.

The fire was brought under control at one of the cooling towers at the station around midnight.

Fire engines will be stationed at the power station for at least the next 24 hours.

Facility owner RWE npower has announced the fire is now under control and there have been no injuries, reports BBC News UK.

National Grid had assured that the power supplies would not be impacted.

"The Didcot B station, with two power modules and capacity of 1.3GW for the grid, generates electricity for a million UK households."

UK fire service's incident commander Dave Bray informed that though an automatic alarm system had acted as an alert, the first call had come from a member of the public at Great Western Park.

The Didcot B station, with two power modules and capacity of 1.3GW for the grid, generates electricity for a million UK households.

The details of the damage are yet to be assessed.

The reason for the fire is also yet to be ascertained.

RWE spokesperson Dan Meredith was quoted as saying by the BBC: "There will be no disruptions to electricity.

"We have a very resilient network in the UK and the way the National Grid can operate, they are able to call upon other power stations across the country to fill the gap that this power station has left as it's come off."

The fire is not treated as arson or a terrorist incident.

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