A major incident has been declared after an explosion at Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire.

Witnesses reported seeing a large cloud of dust billowing from the bottom of the main tower at the Didcot B natural-gas power plant.

The hazard areas response team from South central Ambulance Service are attending the scene.

Thames Valley Police have closed the entrance to the site as well as nearby Purchas Road. On Twitter, a spokesperson said:

“Officers are at Didcot Power Station at an incident with other emergency services. Further details will be released in due course.”

Npower, which owns the power station, said it is investigating the incident.

There was a huge fire at the Didcot B power plant in 2014 due to an electrical fault, but the plant has remained in service supplying electricity to the National Grid.

There was a huge fire at the site of Didcot B in 2014 due to an electrical fault.

The coal-fired Didcot A power station stopped generating electricity in 2013, and its three large towers were demolished in 2014.

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