Nottingham train station evacuated after large fire

Jamie Grierson
East Midlands Trains is advising passengers not to go to Nottingham station. Photograph: Matthew Vincent/PA

About 60 firefighters have been tackling a large fire at Nottingham station. The blaze, which broke out on the main concourse on Friday morning, spread to the roof.

The station was evacuated and no casualties were reported, a spokeswoman for East Midlands ambulance service said.

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. We got a call at approximately 6.30am to a fire involving a toilet block – that has now spread to the roof void. It is quite a complex construction. We have 12 fire appliance units here, plus specialist firefighting equipment.

“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.”

Coleman said his team was working with colleagues from Network Rail and East Midlands Trains to try to reopen the station, but added that a significant firefighting operation was taking place.

The incident caused delays across the local transport network.

Footage posted to social media shows flames and smoke billowing from the building.

East Midlands Trains, which manages the station, tweeted: “Please do not travel to Nottingham station this morning as trains will be unable to run and we are unable to provide road support to/from the station.”

An EMT spokesman said: “Emergency services have been called to Nottingham station to deal with a fire. The station has been evacuated and there have been no reports of any injuries to customers or staff. We will continue to assist the emergency services in any way that we can.”

He said passengers should check the East Midlands Trains website for the latest travel information.