'Firenado' footage captured by firefighters during factory blaze

Firefighters have captured the moment a "firenado", or a fire whirl, tearing through a plastics factory in Derbyshire.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue said: "In the early hours of Tuesday, firefighters from Ashby Station were called to a large fire at Occupation Lane, Swadlincote".

At about 15:00, firefighters started damping down the fire.

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

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

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


East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, who were assisting local crews in Derbyshire, shared the stunning video on Facebook.

The fire had also spread to a small site building and a number of fork lift trucks at the property, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

'The main thing is that no-one was injured or burned. Stock can be replaced, people can't'.

Factory owners David Meredith, 74, and his son Russell, 36, said three members of staff were in the factory at the time of the blaze but they escape unharmed.

All of that sounds like a pretty reasonable explanation, but once you see the video, a much more straightforward explanation is that we have somehow accidentally opened a gate into Hell and Lucifer himself is about to emerge and wreak havoc.

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