'Firenado' towers over factory blaze in Derbyshire

Swadlincote fire

Firefighters began on the blaze at Ravensbourn Plastics from about 1.20am on Tuesday and were still damping down the fire by the afternoon.

In the horrifying footage, the "firenado" is seen swirling as firefighters rushed to the scene.

The fire was put out without causing any injuries or deaths.

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

Leicestershire Fire Service Firefighters have now released footage of the blaze.

Ten fire engines from three stations tackled the blaze, which involved approximately 100 meters x 100 meters of stacked plastic pallets.

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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".

Firefighters were joined by colleagues from other counties as they tried to prevent the fire spreading.

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

Speaking to a local newspaper, Russell Meredith, operational director of the factory, said: "The main thing is that no-one is hurt and that everyone is safe".

'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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