'FIRENADO' captured in Derbyshire

Firenado in Derbyshire

Firenado in Derbyshire

The fire at the Ravensbourn plastics factory, in Occupation Lane, in Woodville, began just after 1.40am on August 7 with 10 fire engines from three separate counties sent to tackle the blaze.

Firefighters have released footage of the fire, which reached a height of more than 15 metres (50ft) and involved stacked plastic pallets used for making plastic crates for supermarkets.

It took them 12 hours to get the fire under control, which saw thousands of plastic bread trays go up in flames.

When the intense heat of the fire met the cooler air above, it created swirling and turbulent air that produced this rare phenomenon which is also known as a fire whirl.

Speaking while crews tackled the fire, the Derbyshire service's group manager Steve Wells said: "We've received lots of calls to our control room this morning, as people in the Swadlincote area have woken to the sight of a large black smoke plume".

"You might have seen this video from Ashby Fire and Rescure of a fire whirl captured at an incident in Swadlincote on Monday", Leicestershire Fire Service said on Wednesday.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

The fire caused extensive damage but nobody was injured.

His son Russell Meredith, 36, who directs the operations, added: 'It is lucky it is this time of year as we are at half capacity.

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