Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Asos back online but Police believe fire started deliberately

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Friday‘s warehouse fire at Asos‘s distribution centre in Barnsley is being treated as arson, South Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

More than 50 firefighters tackled flames which broke out at around 22:00pm on Friday and has caused “substantial damage.”

Asos has begun taking orders again this morning.

500 workers were safely evacuated from the five-story building and nobody was hurt.

Asos said on a holding page on its website “We have pressed pause on the ASOS website, this is due to a fire in our Barnsley distribution centre in the early hours of Saturday.”

The blaze, which spread to four floors of the warehouse, is believed to have damaged 20 per cent of its stock. Asos has been a City favourite of late but has endured a recent rocky period. The company saw its shares fall 31 per cent in a profit warning two weeks ago as it warned of slowing sales, higher warehouse costs and increased discounting.

Simon Rodgers, Investigating fire officer for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said: “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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