Civils and stations

12.01.18

Huge blaze shuts down all services at Nottingham station

Nottingham station has been shut down following a massive fire which began at around 6.30am this morning.

The station was evacuated and there were no casualties reported, but services are unable to run through Nottingham until further notice.

Around 50 firefighters were reportedly on the scene of the fire, which spread from the main concourse to the roof of the station.

East Midlands Trains said it was cooperating with emergency services to deal with the incident, adding that passengers should avoid the station as it was not able to provide road support to or from the area.

Bryn Coleman, incident commander for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, commented: “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.”

CrossCountry Trains tweeted: “Due to a fire at Nottingham station, our trains cannot run between Derby & Nottingham.

“We are trying to source alternative transport at present.”

East Midlands Trains said that affected passengers could use services on Virgin Trains (East Coast or West Coast), Transpennine Express, CrossCountry, London Midland and Greater Anglia, using any reasonable route, and should continue to check on its website for further details.

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Comments

Andrew Gwilt   12/01/2018 at 18:12

It was arson as I’ve heard it on BBC News & Sky News.

Frankh   12/01/2018 at 22:01

Depending where the fire started it doesn't say much for the extinguisher system.

Andrew JG   13/01/2018 at 07:21

Some people thought it was terror related but it in fact it was arson and it started deliberately. Why would some idiot go to the toilet and start off a fire in the toilets at the train station. It seems that the person did it on purpose either bored or acted like pure stupidity. Hope the person responsible for causing the fire in the toilets at Nottingham station deserves a life sentence in prison.

Jimbo   14/01/2018 at 11:12

@Frankh - what extinguisher system? Most buildings in the UK don't have building extinguisher systems, and certainly not railway stations built over 150 years ago. Fires are thankfully rare enough that it is far cheaper to rebuild afterwards than install (or retrofit) and maintain extinguisher systems.

Tothehills   15/01/2018 at 14:57

@FrankH, I concur with Jimbo. Sprinkler system are not particularly liked as they are sensitive to trigger, subject to vandalism (why most public authority housing do not have them). and can result in an inordinate amount of damage, well beyond what a fire often does. But feel free to fit one to your house or are you too tight fisted to pay for such a safety system and its maintenance?

Jimmy Riddle   16/01/2018 at 08:39

@Tothehills If what you say about sprinkler systems is correct, why do you think all fire authorities recommend them, many insurance companies insist upon them where high commercial property values are at risk, and major institutions such as the US Library of Congress use them to protect their priceless treasures?

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