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'Highly unlikely' three missing Didcot workers still alive, officials warn

It is "highly unlikely" that three people still missing in the rubble of the Didcot Power Station collapse are still alive, officials have said.

The search has been hampered by the "unstable" section still standing, they added.

The station closed in 2013 and was in the process of being demolished when it collapsed yesterday, killing one and injuring five.

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Didcot residents told to stay inside with windows closed

People living near Didcot Power Station have been advised to stay inside with doors and windows closed following the collapse of a building at the site this afternoon.

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A statement from Oxfordshire County Council said that no hazardous materials were inside the building but dust from the collapse "covered a considerable area."

Dust from the collapse covered a considerable area and we can confirm that there were no hazardous materials within the building; residents are advised to remain inside keeping doors and windows closed.

– Oxfordshire County Council

A GMB union official said: "We understand that workers were preparing two boilers for demolition in the coming weeks. This led to the collapse of a building."

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