"Explosions" in Belper

Reports of a large fire and explosion at a disused Thorntons factory in Belper.

Police still investigating Belper explosion

Black smoke covered Belper yesterday afternoon Credit: Andy Armstrong

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.

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Report: Investigation into cause of fire in Belper begins

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:

All we know is there has been an explosion in the building.

We think it has been caused by a gas cylinder. At this point, we are waiting for an investigation unit to turn up to determine whether it was arson.

These investigations will be carried out in conjuction with the police. No-one has been injured but the building is 100% damaged.

– Gavin Tomlinson, area manager, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Cricketers 'forced to abandon pitch as smoke fills air'

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:

I was watching the game when I spotted the fire and it became clear the building had exploded.

I ensured all of the players and the umpires got off the pitch straight away and got back inside.

All of a sudden people started to move their cars very quickly, in case it started to get worse ...

– chris grant, chairman, Derbyshire County Cricket Club

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