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Nottingham railway station reopens after fire

Nottingham railway station reopens after fire

Fire appliances outside Nottingham railway station.

Flames were seen erupting from the roof, while thick black smoke billowed into the station foyer and out into the surrounding streets.

East Midlands Trains confirmed the station re-opened at 04:45am this morning with most trains running as normal.

EMT's managing director, Jake Kelly, thanked the emergency services for their "brave and professional response" to the fire.

However platforms 6 and 7 remain closed and passengers are still advised to check before they travel.

The fire and rescue service said around 10 fire engines and around 50 firefighters were responding to the blaze, which started in the concourse area before spreading to the roof.

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Elsewhere in the city, motorists drove their vehicles with headlights on due to the smoke cover which descended on the city. The government conducts regular awareness campaigns ahead of Bhogi to promote smoke-free celebrations during the festival.

"We expect trains to be disrupted on all routes through Nottingham for the whole of Friday 12 January", said East Midlands Trains, which is the main operator at the station. We will continue to support the investigation into the cause of the fire and would ask anyone who may have any information to contact British Transport Police.

British Transport Police have now launched an investigation after confirming they are treating the fire as arson.

Incident commander Bryn Coleman, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, described the operation as "difficult and protracted" and said the fire was believed to have started in a toilet.

Thousands of football fans are expected to travel to and from the city with Nottingham Forest due to play Aston Villa at home at the City Ground on Saturday evening, while Notts County face Lincoln City away.

East Midlands Trains said it had put alternative travel plans in place for several services on Saturday, including queuing arrangements at the station for safety.

The Grade II-listed station was built in the mid-19th century and refurbished in recent years.


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