The emergency services were called to the scene at about 8.40pm on Thursday evening. A fire had begun in a building about 100 metres away from the main generation turbine hall of Shoreham Power Station. The blaze was in an auxiliary building on the power station site. Crews and equipment from both East Sussex and West Sussex Fire Services were in attendance.

Scottish Power who run the power station said there were no injuries resulting from the incident and that all employees and contractors on the site at the time have been accounted for. There was no loss of power supply in the area. A spokesman also added that the 400MW gas power station was not in operation at the time of the incident.

A full investigation into what caused the fire and an assessment of the damage done will begin on Friday morning.

Shoreham Power station was commissioned in the year 2000 and supplies electricity to 400,000 homes.