Firefighters capture 'firenado' destroying Derbyshire factory

08 Août, 2018, 21:32 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

Video footage filmed by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service captured the incredible phenomenon as firefighters battled a plastic pallet fire at the Ravensbourn plastics factory in Woodville in Derbyshire.

The cause of the fire at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote is not yet known.

Leicestershire fire and rescue service shared the video on Facebook, saying: "While we were firefighting at Occupational Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl".

The fire began just after 1.40am yesterday and took the firefighters 12 hours to get under control.

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

Thousands of plastic bread trays went up in flames, igniting the skies.

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Bosses at the factory, which makes the bread trays for the whole of the United Kingdom, said the outside storage unit had been "completely gutted" by the blaze, destroying more than 600,000 trays in the process.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had spread to a building and forklift trucks on the site.

"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".

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.

You can see the stunning force of nature in action above.

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