Firefighters battled the huge inferno as it ripped through a plastics factory in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The "firenado" swept across the fields near the factory, as the fire sent dark plumes of smoke into the sky on Monday.
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.
Thick black smoke from thousands of plastic pallets could be seen across the East Midlands after the fire at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd, in Occupation Lane, Albert Village, Swadlincote.
Crews then spent the rest of the day damping down.
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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". The fire "completely gutted" the outside storage unit where the fire started, destroying more than 600,000 trays.
'The fire had also spread to a small site building and a number of forklift trucks at the property'.
Flames inside a plastics factory in England produced a stunning spectacle rarely seen.
"This sight is caused by intense heat rising from the ground, and turbulent wind conditions", officials from Leicestershire's fire department said on Twitter.
"The main thing is that nobody was injured". Stock can be replaced, people can't'.