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Disgruntled employee jailed for arson attack at Amazon warehouse

Adris Ali set fire to a stack of papers at the Amazon warehouse in Rugeley. Credit: Staffordshire Police

A disgruntled Amazon employee who set fire to the internet giant's warehouse has been jailed.

Adris Ali lit a stack of papers after he was 'disrespected' by a colleague.

The blaze spread through the warehouse, causing more than £8 million worth of damage.

Ali, who is from Walsall, has now been jailed for four years after he pleaded guilty to arson with intent or recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

613,549
The number of units damaged in the blaze
£8m
The amount of damage caused by the fire

The incident happened on November 4 2017 after Ali had a disagreement with a team leader.

Prosecutor Darron Whitehead told Stafford Crown Court that Ali had asked for time off because of relationship problems, but that the team leader had an 'attitude' with him.

Ali, who is 22 years old, then set fire to a notebook and walked away.

Ali started the fire by lighting a notepad and then walking away. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Within five minutes the site was evacuated, with staff reporting the flames stretched 'from floor to ceiling'.

The fire damaged more than 600,000 units, resulting in a loss of more than £7 million. In total, the blaze caused nearly £8 million worth of damage.

Robert Cowley, defending, said Ali's actions were 'out of character'. He told the court: "It was a huge loss sustained but the defendant did not intend this level of loss."

Sentencing Ali to four years in jail, Judge Michael Chambers said: "You put a lot of people at risk and caused a lot of damage. A fire such as this puts lives at genuine risk."

Carl Mason, who completed Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s fire investigation for the incident, said: "We welcome this sentence which reflects the seriousness of Ali’s actions. This fire could have easily resulted in serious injury to members of staff and it took considerable time and effort to safely extinguish."