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Didcot B power station fire: Electrical fault probe

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Media captionJon Kay surveyed the damage from a helicopter

An electrical fault could be to blame for a huge fire at Didcot B power station, the fire service has said.

Nathan Travis, deputy chief fire officer at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, said they were focusing their investigation on a fault in one of the station's cooling fans.

The blaze on Sunday evening has resulted in half of the station being "non-operational" indefinitely.

Owner RWE npower said it was not known how long the closure would be in place.

At its height, 25 fire engines and about 100 firefighters tackled the blaze, which began in a cooling tower and spread to three others because of strong winds.

Image caption The fire began in a cooling tower and spread to three others because of strong winds
Image caption Energy supplies were not affected by the blaze, the station's owner RWE npower said
Image caption Three cooling towers were seriously damaged by the blaze

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