An investigation is underway to pinpoint the cause of a blaze which shut down Kingsnorth’s coal-fired power station.
Fifteen crews were called to Kingsnorth power station in Kent at around 7.24pm last night after a fire began in one of its pump rooms.
Five specialist appliances were also among those sent, including a foam unit which was used to tackle the fire.
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said today that firefighters left the scene overnight.
Eon said the oil fire was contained to one of the pump houses, separate to the main generating hall of the power station and responsible for two out of four of its units.
The power station was operating at 50% capacity at the time.
“We are beginning the work of finding out exactly what happened. The fire wasn’t in the power station itself but a pump house annexe. We shut down the power station as a precautionary measure,” said a spokesman. “Kingsnorth is a four unit station and the fire only affected two of those units. It is ready to go as and when there is demand.
“The half affected by fire is going to be off-line while the investigation takes place and any repairs are made.”
A skeleton staff of around 20 were on-site at the time of the incident, but there were no reported casualties, with all persons accounted for.
“The pump room annexe has been badly damaged but the fire was contained. We raised the alarm quickly and crews did a great job in putting out the fire swiftly,” said the spokesman.
Kingsnorth is a 1,974MW capacity power station providing power to 1.5million homes per year.
In 2008, hundreds of environmental campaigners camped in its shadows as part of a Camp for Climate Action protest against plans to build a new coal-fired power station at the site.
Late last year the company announced it was deferring the proposals, which are still to receive Government approval, stating demand for electricity had dropped amid the economic downturn.