Warehouse fire forces online retailer ASOS to stop taking orders
A fire at ASOS‘ warehouse near Grimethorpe in Barnsley has destroyed 20% of the company’s stock and forced the online retailer to temporarily stop taking orders via its website.
The blaze broke out at about 22:00 BST on Friday and caused “substantial damage”, according to the ASOS representatives, forcing the retailer to stop taking orders.
The warehouse is more than 60,000 square metres in size and is thought to handle over 10 million packages at any one time.
More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze overnight and about 500 people were evacuated from the five-storey building. Despite the company losing roughly 20 percent of the stock on site, none of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire.
After initial investigations, South Yorkshire Police determined the fire was deliberately lit and have launched a criminal inquiry. Police representatives stated that “ASOS staff had a good evacuation process in place which assisted the emergency services and allowed the fire to be brought under control more quickly.”
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