Huge fire breaks out near ‘weapons systems factory’ as Brits told ‘keep windows & doors shut’

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A MASSIVE fire has broken out near what is believed to be a weapons factory in Derbyshire.

Residents near Wilne Mill on Wilne Road in Draycott have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

Firefighters are currently on the scene of the incident, which began on Friday night.

The mill, known locally as “the fireworks factory,” is owned by PW Defence, which manufactures pyrotechnics for the Armed Forces.

According to one eyewitness, multiple casualties were rushed away in ambulances following the horror.

Later, forensics teams were seen wearing white overalls as they arrived at the scene overnight.

Aerial images also showed nine fire engines, including crews from Nottingham and Leicestershire fire departments, among a slew of emergency vehicles.

According to DerbyshireLive, one fire crew remained on the scene as of 8.30 a.m. on Saturday, damping down and checking for hot spots.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service issued the following statement shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday: “Firefighters are currently responding to a call on Wilne Road in Draycott.

“Residents in the area are advised to keep their windows and doors closed while we investigate the incident.

“At this time, no additional information is available.”

Derbyshire Police and the Ministry of Defence have been contacted for comment by The Sun Online.

The site was previously reported to be owned by Chemring Countermeasures UK, but a representative confirmed the firm sold the site in 2019.

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