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Fire-damaged student building to be partly demolished

The fire when it started on Monday Credit: Chris Tafft

Fire-damaged parts of Radford's student accommodation are going to be demolished.

Firefighters are working with engineers to carry out a 'controlled demolition' after a fire began at the building on Player Street in Nottingham on Monday night.

The fire service says it is taking advice about whether other parts of the building will need to be torn down, too.

Around 60 firefighters are still dealing with the fire, and crews from Nottinghamshire have been joined by colleagues from Derbyshire and Leicestershire fire and rescue services.

Several roads remain closed around the scene and firefighters are asking people to avoid the area if possible.

“At this point, as with any building that has been subjected to this level of fire, there is a risk that some areas of the building may collapse and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is working closely with the relevant experts and structural engineers to ensure this is done in a controlled manner.

“We are very aware and concerned of the impact this is having on the local community and we are working closely with our partner agencies to ensure the impact of this is kept to a minimum, with the safety of local people, our firefighters and all those involved in dealing with the incident being our number one priority.”

– Group Manager Chris Clark

Firefighters still tackling blaze over a day after it starts

About 60 firefighters are still tackling a blaze in Nottingham, over a day after it started.

The fire when it started on Monday Credit: Chris Tafft

It started on Monday afternoon in student accommodation on Player Street in Radford.

Radford Boulevard is closed with the surrounding area closed off. Fire crews from across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire have been deployed to the scene.


Video: Firefighters still dealing with blaze in Nottingham

A video has been released showing a building fire in Nottingham which first started yesterday afternoon.

Crews were called out to the apartment block on Player Street in Radford which is believed to have started on the second floor.

Around 60 firefighters are still dealing with the blaze which was captured on camera by Chris Tafft.

Radford Boulevard has been closed off to make room for fire crews.

There is also disruption in the surrounding area with a lot of traffic congestion. Hartley Road and Alfreton Road are also busy, drivers are being asked to avoid if possible.

B&Q stores in Midlands among 60 stores to close

Retail giant Kingfisher has revealed a Birmingham and Nottinghamshire store are among the 60 B&Q stores it plans to close.

B&Q is owned by retail giant Kingfisher. Credit: Kingfisher

The locations on Baums Lane in Mansfield and Stetchford Road in Birmingham will shut within the next two years.

The identity of four others have also been revealed but the remaining stores set for closure has not been disclosed as staff have not yet been informed.

Kingfisher, the parent company of home improvement chain B&Q, plans to axe about 15 percent of "surplus space" as a result of a review of its 360 B&Q stores.


Students evacuated following fire in Nottingham

Students in Nottingham have been evacuated while firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Nottingham overnight.

It happened at the former factory on Player Street in Radford yesterday afternoon. The road there is still closed.

Students will find out later if they can return to their accommodation.

Survey: Midlands traffic jams getting worse

Traffic jams in cities across the Midlands are getting worse Credit: Paul Zinken/DPA/Press Association Images

Traffic jams in cities across the Midlands are getting worse.

According to research by a satellite navigation company, congestion levels have worsened over the past year in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham.

It found average journeys took almost 30 per cent longer than in free-flowing traffic.

National Videogames Arcade will 'inspire & excite' says co-director

Co-director Jonathan Smith from the National Videogames Arcade told ITV News Central that he wants the place to 'show people how inspiring and exciting games can be.'

Children and adults alike have been enjoying Nottingham's newest attraction which opened its doors for the first time this weekend.

National Videogame Arcade opens in Nottingham

'Mission Control' proves popular for young gamers. Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds have been visiting the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, which opened its doors for the first time this weekend.

Backed in a joint venture with Nottingham Trent University and the City Council, it claims it's the first permanent centre for gamers of all ages.

The centre has created 20 jobs, with two and a half million pounds being invested in it over the next three years.

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