Police are treating the cause of a huge fire at ASOS warehouse in Barnsley as deliberate. A criminal investigation is underway.
Unemployment rates have fallen across the region since January
Unemployment for the region is down according to new figures released today
Online retailer Asos has confirmed it has lost £22 million worth of stock after a huge fire at its Barnsley distribution centre. South Yorkshire Police who are investigating the blaze believe it may have been started deliberately.
In a statement Asos said: "None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire. Our initial estimate is that approximately 20 per cent of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems. "
The shopping website was temporarily taken offline due to the fire but has resumed trading again this morning (Monday June2, 2014).
Online fashion retailer Asos will restart taking orders today following a fire on Friday at its Barnsley distribution centre that caused damage to a large amount of stock.
About 70% of the company's stock was held at the Barnsley site, with the fire damaging roughly one fifth of that stock.
The firm added that it was "fully insured for loss of stock and business interruption" arising from the incident, which the police are investigating as possibly being deliberate.
Jon Hill reports from outside the Asos distribution centre on the day fire brought the company to a standstill. He talks to South Yorkshire Fire's Andy Hayter.
Multiple teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were sent to the Asos warehouse to tackle the fire, which is thought to have broken out of the second floor of the five storey building, before spreading to the third and fourth floors.
Barnsley resident Mathew Hanley took these photographs of the fire at the Asos factory warehouse on Park Spring Road in Grimethorpe near Barnsley last night (Friday June 20,2014).
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue who are investigating the blaze believe it could have been started deliberately.
A fashion retail expert told ITV News that a fire at the large Asos distribution centre near Barnsley could cause "chaos" further down the supply chain.
As well as existing stock, taking their website down will mean no further sales are made.
"Not selling anything thing means there will be a backlog of items waiting to come into the warehouse," said the insider, who works for a company that supplies Asos.
"This can cause chaos with smaller suppliers who don’t necessarily have the space to hold onto orders.
"Smaller factories will be manufacturing Autumn/Winter collections now and it may be prohibitively expensive to rush certain summer collections back into production."
We’ve had a fire in our warehouse & fortunately nobody’s hurt. We’re working on this now & hope to be back to normal in a day or so
A serious fire at an Asos warehouse near Barnsley was started deliberately, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue believe. The company has had to temporarily stop taking orders online due to the damage caused by the blaze.
Asos have issued the following statement regarding the huge fire which has damaged their Barnsley warehouse leading to the company temporarily taking their internet shop offline.
– Asos spokesperson
"A fire broke out at our Barnsley Distribution Centre late on Friday night, June 20th. The site was attended by the fire service promptly and the fire was quickly brought under control. Our first and overriding concern is our people. We are very relieved that no one has been hurt. In order not to disappoint our customers we have temporarily stopped taking orders. When we have clarity on the situation, we will issue a further statement."