The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation has now begun, said a spokesman for the fire service.
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.
"We've received lots of calls to our control room this morning, as people in the Swadlincote area have woken to the sight of a large black smoke plume", Steve Wells, the Derbyshire service's group manager, said according to The Guardian.
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.
"At the height of the fire, ten fire engines, crews and specialist appliances from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire had been at the incident".