At 2pm on Thursday 31 July 2014 the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service was alerted to a fire a Power Station C of the Ferrybridge Power Station, Knottingly.
At one point 15 fire engines were in attendance at the power station which is a coal powered station. Thick smoke and flames could be seen rising between two silo-like structures which were located near the cooling towers. The black smoke could be seen rising from miles away and local roads and motorways were also affected.
The blaze had resulted in the partial collapse of the tower, believed to be used to remove sulphur dioxide from gases produced at the power station.
What can the smoke cause?
Whilst it was reported that there were no immediate injuries reported, we are interested in hearing from local residents or employees that have sustained injuries, such as the following:
- Skin problems, including severe itching, eczema and skin rashes
- Sore, itchy eyes
- Nose bleeds and headaches
- Breathing problems, chesty cough or asthma attacks
Can I claim compensation?
If you or someone you know has suffered any of the above symptoms and sought medical attention as a result then we would recommend that you contact us for guidance and support on making a claim.