"Explosions" in Belper

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


Police: Fire under control but asbestos still a concern

Emergency services dealing with a fire at a disused factory in Belper are advising people to stay away from the Derwent Street area.

Police and the fire service were contacted at around 3.30pm following reports of an explosion and fire at the former Thornton’s factory on Derwent Street.

The fire was put out by fire fighters by 4.40pm but Derwent Street remains closed and there are significant traffic problems in the area.

Emergency services are concerned the explosion may have caused asbestos to disperse and are advising anyone who finds any unusual material not to touch it but to contact Derbyshire police on 101.

– Derbyshire Constabulary



Explosion reported in Belper, Derbyshire


We are currently attending an incident in Belper please avoid the area


Incident at Belper, if you find any debris from the fire, please do not touch, inform Environmental Health or Police


Motorists are being advised to avoid Belper due to a fire in Derwent Street. Long delays due to previous road closures on and around A6.

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