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River pollution avoided after Ironbridge fire

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Our officers have left #ironbridge All fire water contained on site & no pollution to rivers. @shropsfire still on site dampening down fire

The Environment Agency have left the scene of a fire at Ironbridge Power Station, in Shropshire, after assisting Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire at Ironbridge Power Station is 'under control'

Ironbridge Power Station, Shropshire Credit: Nick Potts/PA

The fire at Ironbridge Power Station, which broke out at around 6am this morning, has now been brought 'under control'.

Roxanne Postle, Press Officer for E.ON - who own the plant in Shropshire - said:

"We can confirm that there was a fire at Ironbridge Power Station in the turbine hall early this morning. The fire service is on site and the issue has been brought under control. No one was injured during the incident and we will be conducting a full investigation."

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Man dead and three injured after Ironbridge crash

One man has died and three other people have been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a tree near Ironbridge in the early hours of this morning (2 September).

It happened on Ironbridge Road in Jackfield. The driver of the vehicle died at the scene.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the driver of the vehicle and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A male passenger in the vehicle, believed to be in his twenties, was treated at the scene for serious head and pelvic injuries. He was anesthetised by a medical team doctor and conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.

“A further male received a serious arm injury and was also taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for assessment and treatment.

“Ambulance crews also conveyed a female in her twenties to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with a serious arm injury.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Sculpture taking shape in Shropshire

Sculpture being formed at Blists Hill Victorian Town Credit: Guzelian

Around 75 members of The British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) have ben forging a new iron sculpture over the weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town – one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.

Sculpture being formed at Blists Hill Victorian Town Credit: Guzelian

The new sculpture, which will be displayed in Enginuity – the Design and Technology centre at Coalbrookdale, is being forged as part of BABA’s international AGM and hands-on conference being held at Blists Hill Victorian Town this year.

Sculpture being formed at Blists Hill Victorian Town Credit: Guzelian

A three-man team – Olly Boyett, Matt Snape and David Frazier, were each invited to produce a design for the sculpture. Olly’s concept was selected who took his inspiration from the history of metalworking within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

The sculpture is set to weigh around 800kg and the public have been to visit the museum over the weekend to watch the sculpture being forged as well as having a go at forging something themselves.

Sculpture being formed at Blists Hill Victorian Town Credit: Guzelian
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