Part of Tower Collapses In Ferrybridge Power Station Fire
4:08pm 31st July 2014
(Updated 5:21pm 31st July 2014)
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Around a hundred firefighters are tackling a fire at Ferrybridge Power Station by the A1 in Knottingley.
Everyone at the plant is safe and uninjured by the fire, which started at 2pm on the third floor of a four storey tower.
Part of the tower has collapsed during the fire and a structural engineer has been called out to the building and fire crews are using five ground monitors as well as two aerial ladder platforms.
Smoke has been seen for miles around, including by Minster FM listener Gary Scrivener who was driving down the A1 from York.
Public Health England is advising motorists near the Ferrybridge fire travelling through smoke, keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed. It also says people living in the area should stay indoors if possible, keep doors and windows closed and check Minster FM for information.
West Yorkshire Police says it can't rule out closing the M62 or A1 during the rush hour. Inspector Helen Brear, said:
"We were called to reports of a fire at Ferrybridge power station at 2.07pm."
"The fire service are currently dealing with the situation. Strangland Lane, Knottingley, is closed but at the moment neither the M62 or A1 are. Motorists are, however, advised to exercise caution on these roads and we will be continually monitoring the situation to see if any other roads need to be shut."
SSE which runs the plant has put out a statement saying:
At around 2pm today a serious incident occurred at SSE's Ferrybridge C power station in West Yorkshire.
The Company's practised emergency response procedures have been activated. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance and dealing with the incident with assistance from expert engineers on site. All employees have been accounted for.
It is too early to give any more information regarding this incident; however, we will issue a further statement when more details become available. Our immediate priorities are to deal with the incident and to ensure the safety of staff, contractors and the general public.
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