December 17, 2018

Station closed as fire crews tackle huge blaze — Travel warning

13 January 2018, 05:30 | Austin Hogan

Station closed as fire crews tackle huge blaze — Travel warning

60 firefighters tackle huge blaze at Nottingham train station

Passengers hoping to travel from Yorkshire to the Midlands faced further disruption when a huge blazed closed Nottingham Station for the day, affecting services as far away as Sheffield.

Nobody was injured but the fire later spread to the roof void, forcing fire crew to tackle "arduous" conditions using specialist equipment.

"At present the station has been evacuated and the fire services are on site".

Although Northern Rail ran more than 1,300 services without them, gaps in the timetable meant there was standing-room only in many rush-hour carriages, and fewer trains in the evening.

The fire, which is believed to have started in a public toilet in the new part of the building, has spread across the station concourse and into the roof.

He added the fire was believed to have started in a toilet.

The fire broke out shortly after 6am and all services have been cancelled, with reports that roads around the station are either closed or heavily congested.

British Transport Police said it was an "ongoing incident" and could not say when the station would reopen.

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said there were no reported casualties.

The station has recently undergone a £50m redevelopment, incorporating a new tram bridge, including the restoration and upgrade of its Edwardian grade II-listed front building.

Eyewitness Sarah McMullan said she saw smoke coming from a toilet at the station's auto park.

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"It was pretty frightening to see how quickly a fire can grow".

Flames were spotted by shocked eyewitnesses and smoke has filled the foyer area.

"Cordons remain in place around the area and trains are not running", supt England said.

He said many people were left waiting outside the building after being told to leave.

"This is about complexity rather than the size of the fire", he said.

Nottinghamshire Police said surrounding roads are closed.

On-demand coach service Sn-ap has spaces available today for commuters travelling to and from the capital and is honouring journeys for customers carrying pre-booked rail tickets.

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"We will continue to assist the emergency services in any way we can".

EMT also Tweeted to say: "We're working with emergency services to open access to the station auto park at Nottingham; unfortunately it isn't safe to access at the moment so remains closed".

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