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Summary

  1. Fire at Nottingham railway station treated as 'arson' by police
  2. Witnesses describe flames and smoke filling foyer
  3. The fire was announced as out almost 12 hours after it started
  4. Firefighters due to remain overnight to dampen down any hotspots
  5. At its height, 60 firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out at about 6:30
  6. The station roof was dismantled to put out the fire
  7. Fire service believes the blaze started in a station toilet
  8. No trains running in or out of Nottingham
  9. The fire caused disruption on the city's roads and tram network
  10. Updates on Friday 12 January 2018

Live Reporting

By Maryam Qaiser, Calum McKenzie, Amy Woodfield and Gavin Bevis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage has ended

    That's it for updates from this dedicated live page for the fire at Nottingham railway station.

    The East Midlands Live page will resume at 8:00 on Monday, in the meantime, the story on the fire, which is now being treated as arson, will continue to be updated.

  2. Railway station fire: How the day unfolded

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    It's been an eventful day for emergency services in Nottingham - let me just remind you of what happened.

    At about 06:30 the fire service received a 999 call to a fire in the women's toilets at the railway station.

    Fire at Nottingham station

    The building was evacuated while Queen's Road, Carrington Street and Station Street were all closed.

    About 50 firefighters were at the scene of the blaze where flames spread "very quickly" into the station roof making it "complex" to put out.

    Experienced firefighters described it as one of the most difficult blazes they had tackled in about 20 years.

    In the afternoon the transport minister Jo Johnson MP visited the station to see the damage and commend the emergency services for their work.

    Jo Johnson

    British Transport Police then announced it was treating the blaze as "arson" suspecting it was started deliberately.

    Just after 17:30 the fire service announced the fire had been fully extinguished however crews would remain at the station overnight.

    It is still unclear if the station will reopen on Saturday or not.

  3. Travel: Nottingham traffic 'looking normal' for Friday

    BBC News Travel

    The roads look no worse in Nottingham than on any normal Friday evening, other than around the railway station.

    In the last few minutes, Queen's Road has reopened and traffic is expected to return to normal very shortly.

    Google traffic map
  4. No decision yet on station reopening

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    East Midlands Trains has said it is still unsure when Nottingham railway station will be able to reopen.

    In its latest update, the firm said: "Structural engineers will need to assess the station before we can understand which trains will be able to run tomorrow."

    It says its tickets can be used on a variety of alternative routes.

    Nottingham railway station
  5. Watch: Nottingham station fire recap

    Ben Truslove

    BBC News Online

    This short video neatly summarises the day's events

    Video content

    Video caption: The blaze broke out in Nottingham railway station at about 6:30 GMT.
  6. Station 'unlikely' to open tomorrow

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Those planning to use a train in Nottingham tomorrow are being advised not to by British Transport Police.

    The message has gone out to football fans in particular with both Nottingham Forest and Notts County having fixtures.

    Emergency services at Nottingham railway station

    The message comes following a fire that's kept the city's railway station closed all day today.

    The force said: "The station is unlikely to be open by tomorrow, and if it does open, there will not be a full service operating. Therefore we are asking people to make alternative travel arrangements."

  7. Road closure causing delays

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    If you're driving home in Nottingham this evening you might just want to be aware that Queen's Road eastbound is still closed because of the fire at the railway station.

    At the moment there is queueing traffic between Carrington Street / Arkwright Street and London Road.

    Road close sign
  8. Gedling MP: Nottingham station fire 'devastating'

    Gavin Bevis

    BBC News

    The Labour MP for Gedling has praised the emergency service response to the fire.

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  9. 'Amazingly disruptive day' after Nottingham Railway station fire

    There's been widespread disruption across the rail network after a fire at Nottingham Railway Station.

    East Midlands Trains have admitted it's been an "amazingly disruptive day" for passengers after all routes in the region have been disrupted.

    fire

    For James Wright, who was visiting Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire today, that's meant a confusing journey back to his city home city of Nottingham.

    He says he was offered "no alternative and no help" after his journey was cancelled.

    Quote Message: I was left totally bamboozled and left to my own devices effectively from James Wright Passenger
    James WrightPassenger

    East Midlands Trains say they've offered bus replacement services between Newark and Lincoln and have had "good communication" with passengers.

  10. Optimism over return of rail service

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    East Midlands Trains has said cancellations today have caused "huge disruption" across the region.

    Kirsty Derry told the BBC she remains optimistic that some railway services may be able to return to Nottingham tomorrow but advises customers to have a backup plan just in case they're not.

    Kirsty Derry

    Talking about the damage caused to the building Ms Derry said it was "heartbreaking".

    She said: "We had a fantastic refurbishment investment here, opened in 2014, a gorgeous station.

    "Thank God the historic part of the station we believe is safe."

  11. BreakingRailway station fire 'arson'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    British Transport Police is treating the huge fire at Nottingham railway station as arson.

    It's thought the blaze, which started in the women's toilets, was started deliberately.

    Fire engine in Nottingham
    Quote Message: Enquiries have been ongoing today and we now have reason to believe the fire may have been started deliberately. Officers are working to identify anyone who may have been involved in the incident, and we are appealing for information from members of the public. Fortunately, we have not had any reports of injuries as a result of the fire." from Supt Sandra England British Transport Police
    Supt Sandra EnglandBritish Transport Police
  12. Fire service reduce number at railway station

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The fire service released a number of their fire engines from Nottingham railway station however it said work is still ongoing to fully extinguish the fire.

    Fire at Nottingham railway station

    At its worst there were about 60 firefighters at the scene.

  13. Weekend trains affected by fire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Football fans - CrossCountry has said they may not be operating trains in and out of Nottingham tomorrow following a fire at the station.

    View more on twitter
  14. Watch: Minister hopeful station 'up and running in days'

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    The transport minister has said the damage caused by the fire at Nottingham railway station is "substantial".

    Jo Johnson said he was confident the station would be back up and running in "a few days".

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    Video caption: The transport minister said the fire has caused 'substantial' damage to the station.
  15. Minister congratulates emergency response to fire

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    A government minister has commended the emergency services' response to the fire at Nottingham railway station.

    Jo Johnson, the transport minister, told the BBC their work has been "extraordinary".

    He's just posted this on Twitter.

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  16. Fire-hit station recently renovated

    Maryam Qaiser

    BBC News

    The main entrance to Nottingham railway station had a major refurbishment in 2014 costing £50m.

    The revamp saw the restoration of the century-old frontage as well as the creation of extra shops and parking.

    This video shows inside the station shortly after it reopened to the public

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    Video caption: Station entrance revamp complete
  17. Watch: Trams running past station

    Steve Beech

    Reporter, BBC Radio Nottingham

    Trams have now started to pass over Nottingham railway station however they're not stopping there.

    Here you can see some of the damage caused by the fire which started this morning.

    Video content

    Video caption: Trams have now started to pass over Nottingham railway station but they're not stopping.
  18. Direct buses for afternoon rush hour

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    If you're leaving work soon and wondering how you're going to get home with the trains not running, this might come as good news.

    CrossCountry trains is putting on direct buses between Nottingham and Derby.

    View more on twitter