Massive fire sparks 'firenado' in England

Elias Hubbard
August 9, 2018

The stunning "firenado" was captured by firefighters.

The fire has caused considerable damage to the factory, but no injuries have been reported from the scene.

The 50-feet (15.2m) high whirling phenomenon was filmed by emergency services personnel while they attended a fire at a plastic-pallet factory in Albert Village in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

On Facebook, the firefighter revealed fire whirls occur when "cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed".

A massive fire sparked a "firenado" in the English Midlands on Tuesday.

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

Speaking while crews tackled the fire, the Derbyshire service's group manager Steve Wells said: "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". They started damping down the fire at about 3pm.

He said: 'We will be operational by the end of today though or as soon as the police and fire are finished.

His son Russell Meredith, 36, who directs the operations, added: 'It is lucky it is this time of year as we are at half capacity.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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