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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue service has advised people living near the factory fire in Belper that it is safe to open their windows following fears over fumes:
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:
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.
There are no immediate reports of injuries relating to the explosions and fire in Belper, the Derby Telegraph reports citing local emergency services.
It also reported that people in the area are being advised to stay indoors to avoid breathing the air around the factory.
A camera used to record the weather 10 miles from Belper caught the moment of explosion. Four seconds into the video, a column of smoke appears in the middle of the picture.