Firenado forms at Derbyshire factory blaze

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David Meredith, 74, co-owner of Ravensbourn Plastics, which makes supermarket containers, said the fire caused £2.5million worth of damage but would have "little impact on the business". Crews on the scene captured the remarkable footage of flames whirling upward from the raging flames torching the Derbyshire Facility.

An investigation has begun into the cause of a factory blaze which resulted in a "firenado" - or fire whirl - forming.

He said: 'We will be operational by the end of today though or as soon as the police and fire are finished.

Leicestershire fire and rescue service shared the video on Facebook, saying: "While we were firefighting at Occupational Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl".

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

This rare phenomenon is known as a "firenado" and happens when cool air hits the top of the hot air, causing it to swirl.

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

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.

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"At the height of the fire, ten fire engines, crews and specialist appliances from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire had been at the incident".

No injuries were reported.

Nearby residents were told to keep their windows closed after 60ft-high flames sent thick black smoke skyward, creating plumes that could be seen up to 26 miles away in Nottingham.

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