Published: Fri, August 10, 2018

Firefighters capture footage of a 50-foot-tall tornado made of fire

Firefighters capture footage of a 50-foot-tall tornado made of fire

Wind whipped fire from a blaze at a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England, into a tornado-like whirl on August 6 as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.

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

Firefighters had been tackling the blaze since about 01:20 BST at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

At around 3pm firefighters started damping down the fire, which involved stacked plastic pallets, which were ordinarily used for making plastic crates for supermarkets.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said in the post that fire tornados were caused by thermal currents of warm air rising from the ground, drawing in fire and ash.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation has now begun, said a spokesman for the fire service. "Stock can be replaced whereas people can't", a spokesperson said.

Speaking to a local newspaper, Russell Meredith, operational director of the factory, said: "The main thing is that no-one is hurt and that everyone is safe".

"It was quite an intense fire, as you can see from the video", he told the Globe in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon.

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