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Smoke from Swadlincote plastic pallets fire fills sky

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Media captionFootage shows plastic pallets fire in Swadlincote

Thick black smoke from thousands of plastic pallets on fire could be seen across the East Midlands.

Firefighters had been tackling the blaze since about 01:20 BST at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd on Occupation Lane, in Albert Village, Swadlincote.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had spread to a building and forklift trucks on the site.

People have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed until the smoke has subsided.

Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd fire Image copyright Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption Ten fire crews tackled the blaze at Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd at its height
Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd fire Image copyright Dave Kitson
Image caption The fire has been burning since about 01:20 BST at the factory in Swadlincote

At about 15:00, firefighters started damping down the fire.

The fire involved approximately 10,000 sq metres of stacked plastic pallets at the factory, which makes plastic crates for supermarkets.

No-one has been hurt.

Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd fire seen in Blackfordby
Image caption The black smoke seen in Blackfordby filled the sky across the East Midlands
Ravensbourn Plastics Ltd fire seen from Nottingham city centre
Image caption Smoke from the fire can also be seen from Nottingham city centre

The black smoke could be seen in Shepshed in Leicestershire and Nottingham city centre.

Group manager for the fire service, Steve Wells, said earlier: "We've received lots of calls this morning as people in the Swadlincote area have woken to the sight of a large black smoke plume."

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Media caption'Firenado' develops from plastic pallets blaze near Swadlincote

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

The company said the fire was in an outside area which had been "completely gutted".

"The main thing is that nobody was injured. Stock can be replaced whereas people can't," a spokesperson said.

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