Ferrybridge fire under control

The blaze at Ferrybridge coal power station was brought under control “as of this morning”, according to the plant’s owner SSE. Thick clouds of smoke were visible yesterday after the fire began at around 2pm. Around 60 firefighters attended the scene. SSE revealed the “serious fire” may have started in unit 4 of the plant, […]

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Fire spells burn out for Ironbridge power plant unit

E.ON is closing a unit at its Ironbridge power station after a fire ravaged the turbine hall in February. Thirty firefighters are said to have fought the flames at the Shropshire plant on the banks of the River Severn. Damage to the 370MW unit was “so extensive” it is not “economically viable” to repair it, […]

Fire at recycling plant in Lincolnshire

A fire broke out at a waste electrical recycling plant in Grantham in Lincolnshire this morning. It was caused by an electrical fault in a piece of fridge recycling machinery at a facility owned by Envirocom. The £10 million recycling and reuse plant has the capacity to treat around 100,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic […]

Oil train ablaze after collision in the US

An oil train was set ablaze in the US state of North Dakota yesterday after a collision with another freight train carrying grain. Plumes of black smoke and a fireball were seen after the crash and residents within a five mile radius were advised to evacuate their homes. No injuries were reported. It is unclear […]

Blaze overwhelms Manchester recycling plant

A huge blaze overwhelmed a recycling plant in Manchester last night and 50 firefighters are still present at the fire trying to dampen it. Working throughout the night crews manning ten fire engines managed to contain the blaze but expect to remain there for at least another day. There are no reports of any injuries, […]

Explosions hit Florida gas plant

A series of explosions hit a gas plant in Florida, USA late last night (03:00 GMT) injuring at least seven workers according to reports. Footage shows thick clouds of black smoke and a fire raging in the darkness as police and fire brigades try to contain it. It sounded like “bombs were going off” according […]

Rig evacuated after Gulf of Mexico fire

A fire broke out at an offshore oil and gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico late yesterday hours after 44 workers were safely evacuated. Yesterday a well blowout at the Hercules 265 rig (pictured) saw gas freely flowing from the well which is 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 154 feet of […]

UK Coal goes into administration, saving 2,000 jobs

Mining firm UK Coal went into administration today in a move its boss says is the “only way” to save the business. Although 350 jobs hit the dust, 2,000 will be saved with some restructuring of the mining assets. This follows an enormous fire which ravaged the firm’s Daw Mill deep mine in March 2013 […]

Canada oil train blast kills five

An oil train in Canada which derailed and exploded over the weekend has killed five people and left 40 missing, Canadian police have reported. Local residents were evacuated after a freight train reportedly lost control in the small town of Lac-Megantic near Quebec in eastern Canada. The subsequent blast destroyed a number of buildings. Towering […]