Smoke from Swadlincote plastic pallets fire fills sky

Fire crews have been battling a large fire near Swadlincote since the early hours of this morning. Firefighters from Derbyshire Leicestershire and Staffordshire were called to the inferno in Occupation Lane in Albert Village at 1.18am on Tuesday Augus

Officers from the fire services had been tackling the fire since about 1.20am on Tuesday at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

In the horrifying footage, the "firenado" is seen swirling as firefighters rushed to the scene.

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

It's not known how the fire at a plastics factory was started.

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.

The fire was put out without causing any injuries or deaths.

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Ten fire engines from three stations tackled the blaze, which involved approximately 100 meters x 100 meters of stacked plastic pallets.

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

The black smoke could be seen in Shepshed in Leicestershire and Nottingham city centre.

"While the site of the fire is not directly next to any residential properties, we are still advising locals to keep their windows and doors closed until the fire is completely out and the smoke has subsided".

"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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