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Major blaze at Nottingham rail station causes travel chaos

Blaze: People are evacuated from Nottingham railway station PICTURE: PA

POLICE are investigating what cause a huge fire which started in a toilet block and ripped through Nottingham train station.

More than 60 firefighters helped tackle the blaze which started at 6.30am this morning.

The fire spread from the toilets to the main concourse and the roof of the station, with firefighters having to tackle ‘arduous’ conditions using specialist equipment.

Passengers were quickly evacuated as soon as the alarm was heard and there were no injuries, authorities confirmed.

Clean-up: Firefighters continued to tackle the blaze this morning PICTURE: PA

Jamie Bearder, 26, who works in the station’s Co-Op said: ‘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 were taking over.

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

Travel chaos: Severe disruption was caused to Nottingham’s transport services

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

Bryn Coleman, area manager for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the fire was believed to have started in a toilet and described the operation as ‘difficult and protracted’.

He added: ‘It’s quite an old building — we believe it’s a listed building — and we have fire in hidden voids there so the crews are currently working to expose those voids but there is significant damage to the walkways which go across the railway station.’

Severe disruption was caused by the fire with the station likely to remain closed for the rest of the day.

East Midlands Trains said it expected ‘trains to be disrupted on all routes through Nottingham for the entire day’.

It advised people not to travel unless ‘absolutely necessary’.