Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ocado warehouse fire: Walworth Business Park evacuated in Andover

Ocado warehouse fire: Walworth Business Park evacuated in Andover

More than £1 billion has been wiped off the value of Ocado after a fire savaged its warehouse in Hampshire on Tuesday night.

Firefighters have been tackling the blaze on the Andover site for more than 40 hours, after crews were called to the scene at 02:44 GMT on Tuesday.

The fire hit Ocado's Andover warehouse which processes over 30,000 orders a week, with the company taking to Twitter to ask concerned customers to send their postcode to update them on the status of their order.

Mr Bowers said: "We have a risk of a toxic release or a large cylinder explosion". The fire is no longer classified as a major incident and local residents and workers have been able to access the affected area as normal.

Ocado said the fire, which started in a corner of the ambient grid, has caused substantial damage to the majority of the building and its contents.

Part of the roof collapsed.

Four firefighters were treated for minor smoke inhalation, but no Ocado staff were injured.

One local resident tweeted during the blaze: "Just streets away - the noise, heat, smell and light pouring from the Ocado warehouse is frighteningly real".

"120+ firefighters are risking their lives tackling the blaze. Thank you. Stay safe".

Picture: Deliverance - a major fire at Ocasdo's robot operated Andover warehouse saw no injuries.apart to the online grocer's share price which fell six per cent on the news.

Ocado stressed it had comprehensive insurance for the property, stock and equipment and for business interruption losses.

The complex - which Ocado calls a customer fulfilment centre (CFC) - had been providing about 10 per cent of the firm's United Kingdom capacity and used the robotic technology that it is selling to retailers around the world.

Ocado said in a statement today: "As Andover was providing approximately 10% of our current capacity, as a result of this incident there will be a constraint on our ability to meet growing customer demand and there will be a reduction in sales growth until we can increase capacity elsewhere".

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