A fire broke out early this morning in the new section of Nottingham train station, which was immediately evacuated as fire services rushed to the scene to attend to the blaze. Around 60 firefighters, along with 15 appliances, came to the station around 6.30am and worked to contain the fire as it continued to rage and spread to the roof of the building. The scene was evacuated early with no injuries reported, and remains closed throughout the day.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service commented on how the fire was developing; “Unfortunately, the fire is spreading to the roof of the new section of Nottingham train station, and is now travelling along the concourse of the area across the main lines into Nottingham train station.”
All trains to and from the station are cancelled and the local transport network has been heavily disrupted, with police urging locals to avoid the area altogether if possible. The closure also disrupted the journeys of many airline passengers who were planning to fly from East Midlands Airport.
The fire service’s spokesman, Bryn Coleman, gave further comments on the fire, which was said to have been initiated from a toilet block; “The conditions inside the station at this time are quite arduous for our firefighters, who are committed and working really hard inside.
“The early indications are that it will remain closed for the rest of the day.”
Although the area where the fire began is thought to have been pinpointed, the specific cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.