British train station evacuated, closed after massive morning fire

A fire appliance outside Nottingham railway station which has been evacuated and services passing through the station cancelled after a fire broke out. Matthew Vincent  PA Wire

Sixty firefighters are tackling a "fully developed" blaze on the "main concourse" of Nottingham railway station, where flames have reportedly "spread to the roof".

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said "we are aware of the incident and, at the minute, there are no reported casualties".

Bryn Coleman, incident commander at the scene for Nottinghamshire fire and rescue service, said: "We have a serious fire at the concourse and the walkways of Nottingham station. But it is quite a significant incident we're dealing with this morning".

"The conditions inside the station at this time are quite arduous for our firefighters who are committed and working really hard inside".

No trains are expected to run again this morning as crews bring the fire under control.

"At present we do not have a firm estimate as to when the station will be able to re-open however we expect trains to be disrupted on all routes through Nottingham for the whole of Friday 12th January".

The fire caused widespread cancellations and delays.

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Video posted to social media shows smoke billowing from a building in the early hours.

Furthermore, there have been road closures around the station with Notts Police tweeting: 'Station St, Carrington St & Queen's Rd are closed use to a fire at #Nottingham Train Station. The station has been evacuated.

East Midlands Trains advised people not to travel "unless it is absolutely necessary" and said trains "cannot run to/from Nottingham".

- Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at 6.25am.

"The station has been evacuated and there have been no reports of any injuries to customers or staff".

Emergency services believe everyone inside the building escaped unharmed.

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