Firefighters capture 'firenado' destroying Derbyshire factory


The fire involved approximately 10,000 sq metres of stacked plastic pallets at the factory, which makes plastic crates for supermarkets. Crews on the scene captured the remarkable footage of flames whirling upward from the raging flames torching the Derbyshire Facility.

This is the incredible moment a "firenado" shot 50ft into the sky as 50 firefighters attempted to tackle the massive blaze in South Derbyshire.

The company said the fire was in an outside area which had been "completely gutted".

That was not the only firenado firefighters encountered while fighting the blaze, the department sharing a second video on their Facebook page of yet another fire whirl they went up against.

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Known as a fire whirl or firenado, the phenomenon is created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed, said a spokesman for Ashby Fire Station.

The fire had also spread to another building on the site and a number of forklift trucks at the property, Derbyshire fire and rescue service said.

The "firenado" swept across the fields near the factory, as the fire sent dark plumes of smoke into the sky on Monday.

It was reported that firefighters had the fire under control about 3:00pm.

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"Crews from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire have been working hard since the early hours of the morning, jointly with partners from the police, Seven Trent Water and the Environment Agency, to bring the fire under control, prevent any further spread and bring the incident to a safe and swift conclusion".

Thick black smoke from thousands of plastic pallets on fire could be seen across the East Midlands.

'Had it been near Christmas when the trays are returned we could have had up to 1.5 million there and it probably would have been something you could see from space'.

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