This is the incredible moment a ‘firenado’ shot 50ft into the sky as 50 firefighters attempted to tackle the massive blaze in South Derbyshire. Firefighters battled the huge inferno as it ripped through a plastics factory in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Plumes of smoke could be seen up to 26 miles away in Nottingham while nearby residents were told to keep their windows closed after 60ft-high flames cause thick black smoke to billow into the sky. Known as a fire whirl or firenado, the phenomenon is created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed, said a spokesman for Ashby Fire Station.
Bosses at the factory, which makes the bread trays for the whole of the UK, said the outside storage unit had been ‘completely gutted’ by the blaze, destroying more than 600,000 trays in the process. The fire at the Ravensbourn plastics factory, in Occupation Lane, in Woodville, began just after 1.40am on August 7 with 10 fire engines from three separate counties sent to tackle the blaze.
It took them 12 hours to get the fire under control, which saw thousands of plastic bread trays go up in flames. Crews then spent the rest of the day damping down. 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.
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