9:50 am, Sat 11 May 2013
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.
8:26 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
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
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
5:06 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
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
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
5:52 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
Derwent Street remains closed due to an explosion, the A6 has reopened.
5:51 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
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.
4:44 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
The industrial site is on the edge of Belper close to fields and the Derwent River
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The reported explosions and fire happened at a building on the former site of the chocolate company Thorntons, the
4:45 pm, Fri 10 May 2013
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.
Smoke rises after the reported explosions in Belper, Derbyshire
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