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Asos loses £22m of stock in Barnsley warehouse fire

Tonnes of stock piled up outside Barnsley distribution centre Credit: Ross Parry

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.

Staff start assessing stock for fire damage Credit: Ross Parry

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).

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Asos to restart orders after distribution centre fire

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 Asos distribution centre in Barnsley was damaged in a fire on Friday. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Read: Fire service: Asos warehouse blaze 'probably deliberate'

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Firefighters at scene of Asos warehouse blaze

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.

Firefighters getting ready to enter the warehouse Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire & Rescue Brigade Photographer
Some of the 60 strong fire crews working on water supplies at the scene Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire & Rescue Brigade photographer
Firefighters discuss tactics at the scene of the huge factory fire near Barnsley Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire & Rescue Photographer
Smoke filled warehouse Credit: Tim Ansell S.Yorks Fire&Rescue Brigade photographer

Asos warehouse fire in pictures

Smoke billowing from Asos warehouse at Grimethope near Barnsley Credit: Mathew Hanley
Emergency services at the warehouse Credit: Mathew Hanley
Around 60 fire fighters were brought in to tackle the blaze Credit: Mathew Hanley
Asos fire at around 1am this morning Saturday June 20,2014 Credit: Mathew Hanley

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.

Read: Asos warehouse fire could cause 'supply chain chaos'

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Asos warehouse fire 'could cause supply chain chaos'

The Asos warehouse near Barnsley pictured last year. Credit: PA

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."

Asos issue statement on Barnsley warehouse fire

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.

"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."

– Asos spokesperson
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