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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Explosions in Derbyshire town

Witnesses have reported hearing explosions at an old warehouse in the Derbyshire town of Belper.