Serious fire closes Nottingham Station and disrupts travel services across the city

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service took this picture of a firefighter tackling the flames on the main concourse early this morning. (Photo: NFRS)

A serious fire has closed Nottingham station and caused major disruption to all services.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service says eight fire crews and 60 firefighters are on the scene and the building has been evacuated.

Videos and pictures show a significant blaze in the main concourse of the building when the fire began, and smoke billowing from the roof.

The fire began at around 6.30am in a toilet, and although the hub of the blaze is under control, flames have spread through the roof of the building.

Emergency services believe everyone inside the building escaped unharmed.

Firefighters say the footbridge linking platforms to the ticket hall has been badly damaged by the fire, and the entire station has suffered significant smoke damage.

East Midlands Trains say they do not expect the station to re-open today.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Tweeted: “The cause of this fire has not yet been established – current focus is dealing with the incident and keeping everyone safe.”

The service added no-one is believed to have been seriously hurt and everyone inside the building has been evacuated from the area accounted for.

East Midlands Trains said in a statement: “There is a fire at Nottingham station. This is disrupting our trains on all routes through Nottingham.

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

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The fire was in the main building of the Grade II-listed station.

The company later added: “It is anticipated that Nottingham station will not re-open today and we expect trains to be disrupted on all routes through Nottingham for the whole of Friday 12th January.

“As Nottingham station is part of the core of the East Midlands Trains Network disruption is expected on all East Midlands Trains services today. If you have not already started your journey please do not travel unless it is is absolutely necessary.”

Bryn Coleman, incident commander for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, told BBC Breakfast: “Crews arrived at approximately 6.30am to a significant fire in the new section of the train station.

“There was a fire in the concourse area and crews reported a severe fire in some of the blocks there.

Video: Emergency services at the scene at the Queen’s Road entrance to the station.

“Unfortunately the fire is spreading to the roof void of the new section of the train station, and it’s now travelling across the main concourse area across the main lines into Nottingham train station.

“We’ve got in the region of 60 firefighters here at the scene and we’re fighting the fire from inside the building using breathing apparatus, hose reels and jets.

“But it is quite a significant incident we’re dealing with this morning.”

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