The firenado tore up a stock of plastic pallets at supermarket plastics manufacturer. The fire originated at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd in Albert Village, Swadlincote, on Tuesday 7th August.
The fire began at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd in Derbyshire, where plastic crates are normally manufactured for supermarkets. Over 600,000 plastic pallets have been destroyed by the fire.
After a fire began at plastics factory the flames quickly spread onto a nearby building site containing forklift trucks. Shortly after, the fire grew out of control and then escalated to form a ‘firenado’. The firenado reached over 50ft high which firefighters managed to record on film (see below).
Firefighters from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire were called into action in the early hours of around 1:20 am that morning. In addition, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent aided in utilising water from the local lake to fight the firenado.
The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service explained how the fire turned into the twisting flame column they’ve named a ‘firenado’:
“It’s created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed.”
Smoke clouds could be seen all across the city and were seen as far as Nottingham City centre. Fire and rescue authorities have recommended that any local residents should keep windows and doors shut until the smoke plumes have abated.
It was almost 14 hours later that the fire crews managed to quell the firenado and dampen down the fire. Luckily, nobody has been reported as injured, however, damage done to the sites and the surrounding area is yet to be disclosed.
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