Live updates

15 firefighters remain at scene of church fire

15 firefighters are currently at the scene of a church fire in Eastwood in Nottinghamshire.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at around 1:50am. At its height 25 firefighters tackled the fire.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service say the building has suffered severe damage.

The fire is now being scaled down.

A joint investigation by the fire service and police will take place shortly to establish the cause of the fire.


Firefighters at scene of church fire in Eastwood


Five crews are dealing with a church fire on Chewton Street, Eastwood. Firefighters are using 3 jets to tackle it. @derbyshirefrs helping.


Derbyshire fire crews assisting Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service at a building fire Eastwood cemetery.

Fire service recruiting back-up staff during strikes

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue are recruiting members of the public to provide support during the national fire strikes.

As part of their contingency plans, the service is looking for drivers, pump operators and Fire & Rescue Operatives.

Jobs available during fire strikes
Jobs available during fire strikes Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Firefighters have held four strikes since September in an on-going row over pay and conditions.

Successful candidates will get paid £10 per hour whilst being trained and £150 for a 12 hour shift.

For more information visit the Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue website.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to recruit contingency crews

Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has confirmed it will recruit contingency fire crews as a result of the possibility of ongoing industrial action.

The county's Fire Authority made the decision at a meeting last week. The recruitment advert will go on the Service's website on Monday.

"The Service has been able to provide acceptable levels of fire cover utilising existing firefighters who are not taking part in the industrial action; however, this is difficult to sustain for long periods of time and the possibility of this dispute continuing means we must make alternative arrangements to support our efforts.

“This dispute over pensions is between Government and the Fire Brigades Union and we hope that negotiations can take place to bring this to an end as soon as possible."

– Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Buckley, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Investigations launched into cause of sleeper blaze

Fire investigations officers have started searching for evidence pointing to what may have sparked a large blaze at a Nottinghamshire firm.

Around 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which started yesterday afternoon at the Nottingham Sleeper Company.

Group manager Keith Jones, from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, told ITV Central that things could have been much worse if the sleepers had been stored differently, as piles of concrete blocks had acted as a fire break.


Video shows fire raging at Nottingham sleeper firm

Around 60 firefighters were called to the Alpine Industrial Park in Elkesley, Nottinghamshire, after a large number railway sleepers went up in flames.

Crews from across the county as well as Derbyshire and South Yorkshire were called in to help tackle the fire, at the Nottingham Sleeper Company.

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the blaze.

Forty firefighters tackle large blaze at sleeper company

Forty firefighters are fighting a large blaze at a sleeper company in North Nottinghamshire.

The fire at the Nottingham Sleeper Company in the Alpine Industrial Park, Elkesley, near Retford started at around 3pm.

Crews involved are from Retford, Worksop, Tuxford, Mansfield, Edwinstowe, Newark and Collingham fire stations.

Gas supply ruled out as cause of Newark house blast

The blast completely destroyed a house in the terrace in Newark Credit: PA

An investigation into the cause of the explosion at a house in Newark in Nottinghamshire has today ruled out the domestic gas supply.

Fire crews on the scene of the explosion Credit: PA

Police and fire crews will continue to establish what caused the explosion, which resulted in the death of Jeanette Rourke and Leslie Rourke on Sunday 19 May.

Load more updates


Today's top stories