Investigation continues into Nottingham Train Station fire

12/01/2018

The joint investigation into the circumstances around the Nottingham Train Station fire remains on-going, between Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police. 

The fire, which started in a public toilet in the new part of the building early on Friday (12 January) morning, developed into a complex fire - spreading across the station concourse and into the roof.

Crews from across the county worked throughout the day to tackle the fire and managed to get it extinguished by around 5pm. A number of appliances then stayed at the station overnight to help contractors clear up the site and make it safe for rail users.

Despite the significant fire and smoke damage to some areas of the station, five out of seven platforms were open, with trains running through, on Saturday morning (13 January).

A number of partner agencies were involved in dealing with the incident during the course of the day - including British Transport Police, Nottinghamshire Police, Network Rail, East Midlands Ambulance Service and East Midlands Trains - all of which worked together to get Nottingham moving again as soon as possible.

NFRS Statements - how the incident unfolded...

10AM: Approximately 60 firefighters are continuing to fight a fire at Nottingham Train Station this morning. A number of roads in the city centre remain closed, and there are no train services calling at Nottingham.

The fire, which is believed to have started in a public toilet in the new part of the building, has spread across the station concourse and into the roof. Both parts of the train station are heavily smoke logged.

Fire crews in breathing apparatus are working to extinguish the fire and an aerial ladder platform is in use. A joint investigation into the cause of the fire between Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police will take place this morning.

Incident Commander Bryn Coleman said: "This is a significant fire in a prominent part of the city centre. Crews from across the county are working hard to extinguish the fire, and are liaising with our partner agencies to ensure a co-ordinated and targeted approach to this incident.

"We will keep the public updated via our Twitter feeds, websites and the local media, and would like to thank anyone affected for their patience while we deal with this incident."

An East Midlands Trains spokesman said: "Emergency services have been called to the 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.

"At present the station is closed and no train services are calling at Nottingham.  This means that services on the Nottingham/London, Matlock/Nottingham/Newark, Nottingham/Mansfield/Worksop, Leicester/Lincoln/Grimbsy, Nottingham/Grantham/Skegness and Liverpool/Nottingham/Norwich routes are disrupted.  Our current advice to customers is not to travel to or from Nottingham station. Passengers are advised to check www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk for the latest travel information.

"We expect East Midlands Trains services to and from Nottingham to be disrupted throughout the rest of today, Friday 12 January.  Services from Sheffield and Derby to London are not affected and are running as normal".

Station Street, Carrington Street and Queen's Road remain closed, and there is significant disruption to travel services and traffic in the city centre.

Nottingham City Council's Headquarters, at Loxley House, is open to the public as normal.


12.45PM: Firefighters are continuing to work hard, with emergency service colleagues and partner agencies, to extinguish the fire as soon as possible and return the situation to one of normality.

At this time the fire is continuing to burn but is now under control – and a joint investigation between Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police has now begun into the cause.

This has been a complex incident for crews to deal with and updates will continue to be released during the course of the day. Nobody is believed to have been injured.

Residents and commuters are being asked to please avoid the area around the station whilst work to extinguish and investigate the fire continues.

If anybody has any information about the fire, please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 85 of 12 January.

For travel information, please follow East Midlands Trains on Twitter @EMTrains or National Rail.

 

3PM: A number of fire engines have now been released from the incident - however work does continue to fully extinguish the fire. Six fire engines and some further specialist appliances remain on the scene.

The joint investigation, between the Service’s Fire Investigation Team and British Transport Police, is underway and further updates will continue to be provided as new information comes to light.

The Service would like to thank local residents and commuters for their patience whilst firefighters have worked to keep people safe.

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