ASOS loses fifth of stock in warehouse blaze

Online retail giant Asos has confirmed that a fifth of its stock was “compromised” after a fire broke out at its Barnsley Distribution Centre on Friday.

The company said in a statement that 70% of its stock, valued at £159m, was held at the site.

“Our initial estimate is that approximately 20% of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems,” Asos continued.

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“None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire.”

The fire, which South Yorkshire Police believe was started deliberately, ripped through four floors in the warehouse.

Around 500 workers were safely evacuated from the building and nobody was injured.

Investigating Fire Officer for SYFR Simon Rodgers 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.”

Asos temporarily closed its website on Friday after the fire broke out at 9.50pm, and resumed trading at 2am today.

“The clean-up process commenced on Saturday morning and progressed quickly,” the retailer said.

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