Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Firenado! Swirling finger of flame rises from blaze at factory

Firenado! Swirling finger of flame rises from blaze at factory

A video recorded by firefighters and posted to Twitter by Leicestershire's fire department captured the event, showing a slim streak of fire reaching into the sky amid a visible whirlwind storm that resembled a twister.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

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

At about 15:00 on Tuesday, firefighters started damping down the fire and appliances began to leave.

The fire whirl had also spread to a small site building and a number of fork lift trucks at the property, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

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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.

This particular "firenado" happened when a plastics factory - which makes bread trays for the whole of the United Kingdom - went up in smoke in Derbyshire near Manchester.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, who were assisting local crews in Derbyshire, shared the stunning video on Facebook.

You can see the stunning force of nature in action above.

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