Firefighters captured this incredible ‘firenado’ while tackling a blaze at a factory in South Derbyshire.
Members of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service were responding to the incident on Occupation Lane on Tuesday afternoon, the Derby Telegraph reports .
Footage shows how a mesmerising tower of fire rose more than 50 feet in the air as swirling smoke billows in the background.
Nearby residents were told to keep their windows closed after 60ft-high flames created plumes of thick black smoke which could be seen up to 26 miles away in Nottingham.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service from the Ashby station posted the incident to their Facebook page , and wrote
Whilst we were firefighting at Occupational Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl it’s created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed. #Station26 #LFRS
Facebook user Danny Shaw said Amazing even in the destruction
Another wrote Fascinating video but scary too. Keep safe people.
While Anita Whetton added Respect to all firefighters involved in this incident
The fire at the Ravensbourn plastics factory , in Occupation Lane, in Woodville, began just after 1.40am today, Tuesday, August 7, with 10 fire engines from three separate counties sent to tackle the blaze.
It took then 12 hours to get the fire under control, which saw thousands of plastic bread trays go up in flames. Crews then spent the rest of the day damping down.
David said The factory is fine; it is brand new and been operating for about four weeks. The outside storage has been lost.
We will be operational by the end of today though or as soon as the police and fire are finished.
The main thing is that no-one was injured or burned. Stock can be replaced, people can’t.
Russell added It is lucky it is this time of year as we are at half capacity.
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.
Again the main thing is that no-one is hurt and that everyone is safe. We can replace what has been lost.
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