Incredible 'firenado' pierces the sky as firefighters battle factory inferno

Leroy Wright
August 10, 2018

Russell Meredith, 36, operations director at Ravensbourn factory and his father David Meredith, 74, who is a co-owner of the firm, said the fire started after midnight when three people were still in the factory.

Firefighters managed to capture remarkable footage of a 50ft "firenado" as they tackled an industrial blaze in Derbyshire.

England isn't the only place spotting the fire whirls as of late: They have also reportedly been spotted among the wildfires in California recently.

They had been tackling the blaze since about 1.20am on Tuesday at Ravensbourn Plastics on Occupation Lane in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

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

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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.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service took to Facebook to explain that the fire whirl is formed in a similar way to a tornado, as cold air meets hot air.

The company said the fire was in an outside area which had been "completely gutted".

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

'Had it been near Christmas when the trays are returned we could have had up to 1.5 million there and it probably would have been something you could see from space'.

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