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Major fire at redeveloped Nottingham station

A major fire broke out at the newly redeveloped Nottingham Railway Station on Friday.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire is thought to have broken out in public toilets in the new part of the station at around 6.30am on Friday. The fire spread to the station concourse and the station roof and there is also extensive damage on the bridge across platforms six and seven. The surrounding area of both the new and old parts of the station are said to be heavily smoke logged.

By 8am around 10 fire engines and 50 fire fighters were in attendance.

The station is now back in service, after the all-clear from structural engineers, although repairs will take months.

The station reopened in 2014 having undergone a massive £60M redevelopment with the addition of a new glass fronted southern concourse. The original station which was restored as part of the works, was built in 1904 and is grade II* listed and features a terracotta frontage.

It is not clear at this stage how the fire spread and what measures were in place to try to control the fire.

Nobody was reported to have been hurt in the fire.

A joint investigation, between the Service’s Fire Investigation Team and British Transport Police, is now underway.

East Midlands Trains managing director Jake Kelly said on Saturday: “Getting the station open has been a great team effort, involving not just our own staff, but also Network Rail, contractors and the emergency services. The positive response of passengers and local people also shows just how valued the station is in the community.

“Today’s train services have run very well and the clean-up operation in the parts of the station we have open has been really impressive in view of the short time since the fire was put out. We will be working hard in the days ahead to restore more station facilities.

“We are very pleased to be running a near full service from Sunday into the start of the working week on Monday. Even so, we would still advise passengers to check before they travel and also allow a little more time for their journeys.”

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