Firefighters beat back major fire at UK power station

LONDON - Twenty five fire engines battled a major fire at a power station near Oxford in England on Sunday that cast flames high into the sky.

Officials said the blaze at Didcot B Power Station was under control and that the electricity supply would not be affected.

Emergency services from neighbouring counties were brought in to tackle the fire at the natural gas power station, which was opened in 1997 and is owned by British company RWE npower.

"The fire is now under control," Oxfordshire chief fire officer Dave Etheridge told Sky News.

"There is absolutely no risk to the public from the smoke plume and we are confident there will be no effect on electricity."

"It was a very serious fire and we are working very hard in very difficult conditions."

The plant was shut down when the power broke out and officials said there were no injuries.