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    Nottingham rail station fire causes travel chaos

    A huge blaze has closed Nottingham railway station, causing major disruption.
    At its peak 10 fire crews were tackling the fire, which began at about 06:30 GMT.
    Flames were seen coming from the station’s roof and smoke filled the foyer, prompting the building’s evacuation.
    All train services have been suspended and a number of roads have been closed.
    Incident commander Bryn Coleman, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, said crews faced “arduous” conditions when they arrived to tackle the “severe” fire that spread across the concourse.
    He said crews were still inside and trying to contain the fire between the new part of the station and the main building, describing the operation as “difficult and protracted”.
    He added that the fire was believed to have started in a toilet.
    British Transport Police said it was an “ongoing incident” and could not say when the station would reopen.
    East Midlands Trains said while no-one was injured and everyone was accounted for, all services, including trains to London St Pancras, Liverpool, Leicester and Norwich, have been disrupted.
    About 4,600 passengers arrive at Nottingham station during each weekday morning between 07:00 and 10:00, according to the Department for Transport.
    The station has recently undergone a £50m redevelopment, incorporating a new tram bridge, including the restoration and upgrade of its Edwardian grade II-listed front building.