Firenado forms at Derbyshire factory blaze

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By Julia Atherley
Firenado forms at Derbyshire factory blaze
Copyright  Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Ashby Station

Windy conditions caused a tornado-like column of fire to form at a plastics factory in Derbyshire, England.

Firefighters attempted to control a blaze at the factory whilst the so-called firenado formed on Monday (August 6).

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service took to Facebook to explain that the fire whirl is formed in a similar way to a tornado, as cold air meets hot air.

The factory fire engulfed thousands of stacked plastic pallets and spread to a small site building and a number of fork-lift trucks.

Speaking to a local newspaper, Russell Meredith, operational director of the factory, said: "The main thing is that no-one is hurt and that everyone is safe.”