Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Massive fire sparks 'firenado' in England

Massive fire sparks 'firenado' in England

At around 3pm firefighters started damping down the fire, which involved stacked plastic pallets, which were ordinarily used for making plastic crates for supermarkets. Crews on the scene captured the remarkable footage of flames whirling upward from the raging flames torching the Derbyshire Facility.

Fifty firefighters rushed to Ravensbourn plastics factory in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, just after 1.40am.

The fire caused extensive damage but nobody was injured.

Firefighters had been tackling the blaze since about 01:20 BST at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

Video of the rare natural phenomenon shows what appears to be a tornado that is on fire, swirling flames reaching up towards the sky at a height of more than 50 feet as firefighters douse it in water.

A massive fire sparked a "firenado" in the English Midlands on Tuesday.


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

The enormous black plume was seen for as far as Nottingham, which is 40 kilometres away.

Derbyshire's police and fire services have launched a joint investigation.

The Fire and Rescue Service posted the footage to its Facebook page after the fire was extinguished.

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

Much like a tornado, the 'firenado, ' or fire whirl, is formed when cool air comes into contact with hot air from above, causing the swirl.

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