Sunday, 26 May, 2019

'FIRENADO' captured in Derbyshire

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 The breathtaking firenado pierced the sky in footage taken by firefighters
Deanna Wagner | 10 August, 2018, 19:20

David Meredith, 74, who co-owns the firm, said the fire started after midnight when three people were still in the factory.

"Whilst we were firefighting at Occupation Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl".

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had spread to a building and forklift trucks on the site.

The fire involved stacked plastic pallets, which were ordinarily used for making plastic crates for supermarkets.

The stunning "firenado" was captured by firefighters.

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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".