Arson arrests over huge blaze at Hermitage Mill in Mansfield – BBC


By Sandish Shoker
BBC News Online

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Three people have been arrested over a large fire at a derelict mill in Nottinghamshire.
Twenty engines were called to the Grade II listed Hermitage Mill in Mansfield at about 03:00 BST.
The fire service said the flames were brought under control from outside the building, as parts of the structure were collapsing.
Nottinghamshire Police said three men, all aged 18, had been arrested on suspicion of arson.
Fire service incident commander Bryn Coleman said the blaze on Hermitage Lane had now been contained.
"There is still an impact to the wider community at this moment, particularly around the Hermitage Lane area," he added.
"Fortunately the Robin Hood railway line which runs adjacent to this building has remained open.
"We are working with police to try and get the businesses in the area open."
He said firefighters from Derbyshire and South Yorkshire had also been called on to help tackle the flames.
Sutton Road End and Hamilton Way, which were closed at the height of the fire and affected bus services, have since reopened.
Hermitage Lane remains shut.
Det Insp Luke Todd, of Nottinghamshire Police, said the public should stay away from the area while emergency services dealt with the "large-scale incident".
"Residents are still advised to keep all doors and windows shut in the area, at this time there are no plans to evacuate any local residents," he said.
"We have now arrested three people in relation to the incident, who are being questioned. Our joint investigation with fire service colleagues continues."
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