Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
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Ocado warehouse fire: Walworth Business Park evacuated in Andover

Ocado warehouse fire: Walworth Business Park evacuated in Andover

Ocado said on Thursday morning that the removal of these materials is now complete and major incident status and the evacuation order has been removed.

British online supermarket Ocado said on Thursday the fire service was expected to remain at its badly damaged complex in southern England for at least the next few days as they continue to bring the blaze under control. "Ocado is working hard to minimise disruption for customers by increasing capacity at other facilities", the spokesperson said.

It comes after around 200 firefighters had been tackling a blaze which broke out at 2.44am on Tuesday morning and spread overnight, causing substantial damage.

Fire crews from neighbouring services were dispatched to provide support for what was a challenging and complex incident.

A fire service spokeswoman said about 20 families were at a rest centre set up in Harrow Way Community School, Andover, after being evacuated from their homes.

The company confirmed that no members of its team or the public have been injured.

Ocado said it has been forced to cancel some customer orders because of a huge fire that swept through an robotic warehouse in Hampshire.

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

More than 300 firefighters were tackling the blaze on Wednesday afternoon, after it was declared a major incident. Makes you truly appreciate the courageous men and women of the Fire Service!

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

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.

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.

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