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Police are still investigating the cause of an explosion at a former chocolate factory in Belper.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue were called around 3.30pm yesterday to the incident. The chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club said that his team's game against Lancashire had to be called off because of the fire.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has reportedly begun an investigation with police into the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage at a former chocolate factory in Belper:
A spokesman told the Derby Telegraph:
The chairman of Derbyshire County Cricket Club said that his team's game against Lancashire had to be called off as a result of the fire.
He gave this account to the Derby Telegraph:
Derwent Street remains closed due to an explosion, the A6 has reopened.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue received a number of calls around 3.30pm today after reports of an explosion at a disused Thornton's factory in Belper.
People were reported to be inside the building at the time of the explosion but everyone is accounted for.
Fire crews are now damping down and the fire is under control.
The reported explosions and fire happened at a building on the former site of the chocolate company Thorntons, the BBC reports.
Witnesses have reported hearing a series of explosions at a industrial site in the Derbyshire town of Belper.
Pictures circulating on social media show billows of black smoke above the site.