Nottingham train station fire: Police probe cause of huge blaze as football fans warned to expect travel disruption

Police and fire services are investigating after a large blaze tore through Nottingham station. 

Officers are also warning football fans travelling to and from Nottingham for matches on Saturday not attempt to use train services.

British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed the busy station is unlikely to be open, adding: “if it does open, there will not be a full service operating.”

The building was evacuated after the fire broke out at about 6.30am on Friday. At its peak, 10 fire crews were tackling the flames.

No injuries were reported.

All train services were suspended and a number of roads were closed as the investigation continued on Friday. All trains to the midlands city from London St Pancras were disrupted.

People look on as fire crews tackle a huge fire at Nottingham train station (PA)

Ahead of Nottingham Forest FC’s Championship clash with Aston Villa tomorrow, transport police officers issued advice to match-goers.

BTP super intendant Sandra England said: “Due to the ongoing emergency response to the fire at Nottingham railway station, there are unlikely to be trains running to and from the station tomorrow. 

“Even if some trains are running by tomorrow, there will be an extremely limited service with many delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

Nottingham station: The huge blaze broke out on Friday morning (British Transport Police )

“Rather than taking a chance and heading to the station to pack yourself onto a crowded train, or worse, find that you can’t travel at all, please make alternative travel arrangements in advance.

“We want everyone to be able to get to the football without the stress of a difficult journey. Please start making alternative travel plans now so that you can enjoy your weekend.”

A cordon remained in place and roads surrounding the station remained closed on Friday afternoon while police and fire services continued to investigate the cause of the blaze.

“A joint investigation is now underway with Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire,” BTP said in its latest statement.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from the people of Nottingham and ask for your continued patience as we work with Nottinghamshire Police and our colleagues across the emergency services to return the incident to normality as quickly as possible.”

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