1 Killed, 5 Hospitalized Due To UK Power Plant Collapse

Three people remained missing and search operations are ongoing, but local authorities told the BBC that they were unlikely to be found alive.

An aerial view of the site after a building collapsed, at Didcot Power Station, in Oxfordshire, England, Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016. An unused power station in southern England partially collapsed Tuesday, killing one person and injuring five others, British emergency services said. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)
An aerial view of the site after a building collapsed, at Didcot Power Station, in Oxfordshire, England, Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016. An unused power station in southern England partially collapsed Tuesday, killing one person and injuring five others, British emergency services said. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

At least one person was killed and five others injured Tuesday during the partial collapse of a shuttered U.K. power plant.

Three people remained missing and search operations are ongoing, but local authorities told the BBC that they were unlikely to be found alive.

An aerial view of the site after a building collapsed, at Didcot Power Station, in Oxfordshire, England, Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016. An unused power station in southern England partially collapsed Tuesday, killing one person and injuring five others, British emergency services said. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)An aerial view of the site after a building collapsed, at Didcot Power Station, in Oxfordshire, England, Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016. An unused power station in southern England partially collapsed Tuesday, killing one person and injuring five others, British emergency services said. (Steve Parsons/PA via AP)

The coal- and oil-fueled plant at the Didcot Power Station — located about 60 miles west of London — was closed in 2013 and is scheduled for demolition.

A contractor was reportedly working at the site when it collapsed. Witnesses reported a loud explosion and a plume of dust was sent into the air.

Dozens of people were treated for dust inhalation, but authorities did not find any hazardous materials. The complex also houses a still-operating gas-fired plant.

No cause of the collapse has been determined.

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