Breaking News: U.K. power plant explosion kills at least two

August 8, 2001 — An explosion at a U.K. power generating facility has reportedly claimed at least two lives and left another three in serious condition.

The explosion happened today at about 2:45 p.m. UK time in the Teesside power station, which is in northeast England, BBC News reported. The station is operated by Enron Power Operations Ltd.

The explosion probably started in a transformer room which then caused a fire, officials said.

Ten fire engines are at the scene along with more than 30 firefighters. In a statement released shortly after the explosion, Enron Power Operations Ltd. said that the fire was contained and there was no danger to surrounding areas.

Hundreds of workers were evacuated from the site at the time of the explosion.

Teesside, an 1,875 MW generating facility, is one of the largest combined cycle power stations in Europe.

For more information, visit BBC News on the Internet at http://news.bbc.co.uk.

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