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Evacuation zone lifted after major fire at Ocado depot

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An evacuation zone set up in Andover following a major fire at an Ocado warehouse has been lifted.

More than 200 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height, which broke out on Tuesday on Walworth Industrial Estate.

It is no longer considered to be a major incident, although fire crews remain at the scene on Thursday.

  • This footage from Hampshire Fire & Rescue shows the aftermath of the fire:

Residents are beginning to return to their homes and businesses are beginning to operate as normal.

Roads around the site are now open.

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Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue worked throughout Wednesday night to remove toxic chemicals from the site.

Fire crews are expected to remain on site for the next few days.

It is thanks to the efforts of all our teams, on the ground and elsewhere, that we managed to contain the incident when it unexpectedly escalated late yesterday afternoon."

"Our teams, and colleagues from Oxfordshire, Dorset & Wiltshire, Royal Berkshire and Hertfordshire have shown commitment and professionalism in dealing with a complex operation in incredibly challenging circumstances."

– Nigel Cooper, Group Manager, Hampshire Fire & Rescue

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During the evacuation, Ocado vans with food, drink, nappies and other essentials were sent to Andover.

Hotel rooms were made available for those who had to leave their homes overnight.

The company has thanked the 'large number' of local businesses that helped the community and the emergency services and agencies for their 'professionalism' during the incident.

It has also thanked the people of Andover for their 'understanding and support' during this 'difficult period'.

The Ocado depot has suffered 'substantial' damage Credit: ITV Meridian

The building and its contents has suffered substantial damage.

Ocado says it is working hard to minimise disruption for customers by increasing capacity at other facilities.

Southern Water supplied more than 2 million gallons of water to help tackle the blaze.

I would like to say a massive thank you to our emergency services colleagues and all those involved in responding to the Ocado fire at Walworth Business Park.

"They have all done an outstanding job in an incredibly challenging situation. I'd also like to thank my hardworking council officers, some of whom worked extremely long hours to help keep our local community safe.

“Importantly, I would also like to say how grateful I am to the local community for their unwavering spirit, patience and understanding throughout this incident. Yet again, I find myself incredibly proud of all those who live and work in our town. Their astonishing resilience and support for one another is truly overwhelming. Everyone has really rallied around to help each other.”

– Test Valley Borough Council