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A huge fire at Nottingham station is being treated as an arson attack, British Transport Police confirmed. Around 60 firefighters from ten fire crews battled the flames at the city centre station after the fire started at around 06:30am.
Flames were seen inside the building as smoke filled the station’s foyer. Trains have been stopped from entering and leaving all platforms, causing disruption across lines. Rail companies have warned commuters not to attempt to travel on any trains from the station today. Videos of the blaze appeared on social media as people turned up to catch early morning trains.
It has now emerged the fire broke out in a station toilet block.
Flames then spread to the roof of the station with firefighters continuing to tackle ‘arduous’ conditions.
Bryn Coleman, Instant 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.’
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 support to/from the station.’
Several cordons and road closures are in place at Queen’s Road, Station Street and Carrington Street, police said.
Nottinghamshire Police said all trains are cancelled and advised people to avoid the area where possible.
This article first appeared on metro.co.uk
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