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Firefighters capture 'firenado' destroying Derbyshire factory

Firefighters capture 'firenado' destroying Derbyshire factory

The fire occurred in the early hours of Tuesday near Swadlincote and continued to blaze as firefighters struggled to bring it under control.

Now firefighters have released footage of the blaze and the mesmerising firenado, which reached a height of over 50ft.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation has now begun, said a spokesman for the fire service.

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.

"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.

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Leicestershire firefighters, who assisted at the blaze, posted footage of the firenado, saying: 'It's created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed'.

As a result of the fire, residents were advised to keep their windows and doors closed as a large plume of black smoke blanketed the sky, able to be seen as far away as Nottingham.

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

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".