Hinkley Point C workers evacuated after scaffold fire

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Trades working on the construction of Hinkley Point C were evacuated after a fire broke out on scaffolding erected at the site.

According to reports fire crews tackled the blaze on Monday, July 18 at around 8.48pm on the construction site near Unit 1.

Hinkley Point C said “workers were evacuated” and “there were no reports of injuries”.

The company also added that “an investigation will take place to establish the cause”.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service crews were also in attendance with special appliances.

A spokesperson for Hinkley Point C said: “Fire crews from Hinkley Point C and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue attended a scaffolding fire on the construction site at Unit 1 shortly before 9pm last night (July 18).

“Workers were evacuated from the area and the fire was put out shortly after. No one was injured. An investigation has been launched into the cause.”

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 8.48pm and sent five fire appliances plus special appliances.”