Fashion giant ASOS shuts down website after massive warehouse fire
Published 22/06/2014 | 17:23
Online fashion giant ASOS has “pressed pause” on its website, due to a fire in its only British warehouse.
The fire occurred in the UK headquarters in Barnsley, South Yorkshire- a 60,000 square foot building, roughly the size of six football pitches.
Five hundred staff were evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning when the alarm was raised.
Tonnes of merchandise has been damaged, but nobody was injured in the blaze.
South Yorkshire Police said the incident is now being treated as deliberate after initial investigations had been carried out.
Sixty firefighters and ten engines were required to put out the flames that spread through the five-storey building.
Spokesman for the multi-billion pound company Matthew Smallwood confirmed that some orders are delayed.
Customers whose items have been damaged by water or smoke will receive a full refund.
If a shopper does not want to wait, they can visit the customer services page of the site and cancel their order.
An online message states that the warehouse and website “expects to be back to normal in the next day or so.”
The blaze burned through three floors of the building in Barnsley (Picture: Mathew Hanley for Independent.co.uk)