US News Remarkable footage shows huge whirl of fire dubbed 'firenado' engulf Derbyshire plastics factory

15:30  08 august  2018
15:30  08 august  2018 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Incredible footage captures a fire tornado being formed as firefighters tackle a massive blaze at the Ravensbourn plastics factory at Woodville in Derbyshire . The fire whirl or firenado is caused by cool air reacting with the hot air of the blaze.

A huge firenado ripped through the burning remains of a plastics storage unit in Derbyshire . ALSO known as a fire whirl , a firenado is created as cool air meets the top of intensely hot air from a blaze. This causes a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed.

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Firefighters have captured the moment a "firenado", or a fire whirl, engulfed a plastics factory in Derbyshire.

Officers from the fire services had been tackling the fire since about 1.20am on Tuesday at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

The fire had also spread to a small site building and a number of fork lift trucks at the property, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

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The film shows a dazzling column of red-hot fire reaching high into the sky as black smoke billows up from a pool of flames at a plastic pallet factory , where the blaze broke out at about 1.20am on Tuesday morning. Rare firenado captured on film at industrial blaze in Derbyshire .

A fire whirl – also commonly known as a fire devil, or, (in many cases erroneously), as a fire tornado, firenado , fire swirl, or fire twister – is a whirlwind induced by a fire and often made up of flame or ash.

The Derbyshire service was also joined by officers from Leicestershire and Staffordshire to try and prevent the large fire from spreading.

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

No injuries

a blurry photo of a fire © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd No injuries were reported but a huge black smoke cloud seen as far as Shepshed in Leicestershire and Nottingham City Centre.

Now firefighters have released footage of the blaze and the mesmerising firenado, which reached a height of over 50ft.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, which helped tackle the blaze, shared the video on Facebook, saying: "Whilst we were firefighting at Occupational Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl .

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Startling footage shows a funnel of fire stretching up several stories from the burning embers of an outdoor storage unit. The clip – which looks more like a vision of the apocalypse than a scene from the East Midlands – shows thick black smoke surrounding the “ firenado ” as the blaze rips through the

Fire tornadoes, also known as fire whirls , fire devils, or even firenados , are a common occurrence, but because they typically only last for a few minutes, they’re rarely captured on video. This footage of a 3

"It's created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed."

'Large black smoke plume'

a blurry photo of a fire © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd 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.

"Crews from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire have been working hard since the early hours of the morning, jointly with partners from the police, Seven Trent Water and the Environment Agency, to bring the fire under control, prevent any further spread and bring the incident to a safe and swift conclusion.

"Whilst the site of the fire is not directly next to any residential properties, we are still advising locals to keep their windows and doors closed until the fire is completely out and the smoke has subsided."

He added: "Anyone experiencing any discomfort or breathing difficulties as a result of the smoke, should seek guidance from their GP."

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