Rare fire tornado caught on film during United Kingdom industrial blaze

Swadlincote fire

Metro reports that the fire broke out just after 1.40 a.m. local time with hundreds of plastic trays igniting before the blaze spread to an adjacent building as well as a number of forklifts on the property.

A massive fire sparked a "firenado" in the English Midlands on Tuesday.

Firefighters in the United Kingdom captured extraordinary footage of an extremely rare fire tornado while fighting a massive industrial blaze near the town of Swadlincote in Derbyshire.

It took them 12 hours to get the fire under control, which saw thousands of plastic bread trays go up in flames.

The fire involved stacked plastic pallets, which were ordinarily used for making plastic crates for supermarkets.

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

Leicestershire firefighters, who assisted at the blaze, posted footage of the firenado, saying: 'It's created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed'.

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

"At the height of the fire, ten fire engines, crews and specialist appliances from across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire had been at the incident".

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