Smoke from Swadlincote plastic pallets fire fills sky

Lamar Ellis
August 10, 2018

A video recorded by firefighters and posted to Twitter by Leicestershire's fire department captured the event, showing a slim streak of fire reaching into the sky amid a visible whirlwind storm that resembled a twister.

He said: 'We will be operational by the end of today though or as soon as the police and fire are finished.

Much like a tornado, the 'firenado, ' or fire whirl, is formed when cool air comes into contact with hot air from above, causing the swirl.

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

Firefighters witnessed the event while battling a blaze at a recycling center on Occupation Lane, according to Tom Augusztinyi, a watch manager at the fire department.

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Ten fire engines from three stations tackled the blaze, which involved approximately 100 meters x 100 meters of stacked plastic pallets.

Video uploaded to the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page showed the rare fire tornado, also known as a fire whirl, stretching into the sky from a large plastic-pallets fire.

East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.

Factory owners David Meredith, 74, and his son Russell, 36, said three members of staff were in the factory at the time of the blaze but they escape unharmed.

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