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Huge fire breaks out near ‘weapons systems factory’ as locals are warned to ‘keep windows and doors shut’

  • Blaze in Derbyshire started Friday evening, requiring nine firefighting crews 
  • Two weapons factory operators reported with injuries from white phosphorous
  • A witness claims that casualties were taken away in ambulances

Firefighters are tackling a ‘huge fire’ that has broken out near a weapons factory in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were called the the blaze at 9:12pm last night, which grew to nine crews from three counties as the fire continued through the evening.

The fire started at PW Defence in Wilne Mill, Draycott, which calls itself a UK-based military pyrotechnics manufacturer.

A witness claims that casualties were taken away in ambulances. 

Locals living near the ‘fireworks factory’ have been asked to keep windows and doors shut as the fire.

Joint police and fire investigation launched after two weapons factory workers suffer 'white phosphorous' injuries as emergency services descend on weapons factory fire

Joint police and fire investigation launched after two weapons factory workers suffer ‘white phosphorous’ injuries as emergency services descend on weapons factory fire

A spokesperson for the fire service said today: ‘One fire crew remains on scene damping down and checking for hot spots at the scene of a fire on Wilne Road, Draycott. 

‘A joint fire investigation with Derbyshire Constabulary will commence later this morning.’

Nine crews from DFR attended the incident and it has been confirmed that 2 casualties were transported to QMC hospital in Nottingham. A joint investigation will now take place

Nine crews from DFR attended the incident and it has been confirmed that 2 casualties were transported to QMC hospital in Nottingham. A joint investigation will now take place

The incident which happened at 21:12pm yesterday 21,01,2022 saw dozens of emergency service personnel from EMA, Derbyshire Fire and Derbyshire police attend PW Defence

The incident which happened at 21:12pm yesterday 21,01,2022 saw dozens of emergency service personnel from EMA, Derbyshire Fire and Derbyshire police attend PW Defence 

PW Defence, incorporated in 1949, was acquired by WescomDefence in 2021, a supplier of the UK Ministry of Defence and NATO allies.

Nine fire crews from attended the blaze which started at 9:12pm on Friday night

Nine fire crews from attended the blaze which started at 9:12pm on Friday night 

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