It sounds like the setup for a bad punch line, but it's no joke: "Firenados" - also known as "fire whirls" - are very real, and one hit a town 120 miles north of London this week, officials said. Crews on the scene captured the remarkable footage of flames whirling upward from the raging flames torching the Derbyshire Facility.
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.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation has now begun, said a spokesman for the fire service.
The fire occurred in the early hours of Tuesday near Swadlincote and continued to blaze as firefighters struggled to bring it under control.
Firefighters had been tackling the blaze since about 01:20 BST at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.
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The fire service said the "firenado" was created by "cool air entering the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed".
Video of the rare natural phenomenon shows what appears to be a tornado that is on fire, swirling flames reaching up towards the sky at a height of more than 50 feet as firefighters douse it in water.
East Midlands Ambulance Service attended but no injuries were reported.
His son Russell Meredith, 36, who directs the operations, added: 'It is lucky it is this time of year as we are at half capacity.
You can see the stunning force of nature in action above.