'Firenado' sweeps across factory field in England

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.

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

"This sight is caused by intense heat rising from the ground, and turbulent wind conditions", officials from Leicestershire's fire department said on Twitter.

Firefighters were joined by colleagues from other counties as they tried to prevent the fire spreading. Per the video's caption, a firenado is created as cool air and hot air meet, forming an apocalyptic whirlwind as the swirling air brings flames into the sky.

That was not the only firenado firefighters encountered while fighting the blaze, the department sharing a second video on their Facebook page of yet another fire whirl they went up against.

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.

The black smoke could be seen in Shepshed in Leicestershire and Nottingham city centre.

The "firenado" swept across the fields near the factory, as the fire sent dark plumes of smoke into the sky on Monday.

Derbyshire's police and fire services have launched a joint investigation.

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