Saturday, 23 February, 2019

UK's Ocado Expects Total Loss of $58M Distribution Center After Huge Fire

EVACUATION Homes have been cleared after a massive fire at an Ocado warehouse EVACUATION Homes have been cleared after a massive fire at an Ocado warehouse
Nellie Chapman | 10 February, 2019, 16:15

The removal of those materials has now been completed and the fire is no longer classified as a major incident, so local residents and workers have been able to access the affected area as normal.

A devastating blaze at British online supermarket Ocado's OCDO.L flagship packing and distribution complex in southern England has been extinguished, but firefighters will remain at the site for now.

According to the spokesperson, there has been substantial damage to the Andover building and its contents. Ocado is working hard to minimise disruption for customers by increasing capacity at other facilities. "Ocado is grateful for the patience and understanding of customers during this period".

A 500m exclusion zone has been set up as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze, which broke out on Tuesday morning.

"There are still pockets of fire", said a spokesman for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A rest centre was set up at Harrow Way Community School, and around 20 families sought refuge there.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said four firefighters had been treated for slight smoke inhalation. These are the times when we take our hats off to the firefighters (and other experts) who tackle such scenes.

Deliveries from Booker's Hampshire warehouse have been disrupted after an Ocado depot on the same industrial estate caught on fire.

Ocado said part of the roof collapsed overnight, but it confirmed no members of the Ocado team or the public were injured. "Thank you. Stay safe".

Ocado stressed it had comprehensive insurance for the property, stock and equipment and for business interruption losses.

One of Ocado Group Plc's largest United Kingdom warehouses is expected to be completely destroyed by a fire, constraining the online grocer's ability to meet customer demand and cutting sales growth.

The complex - which Ocado calls a customer fulfilment centre (CFC) - had been providing about 10 per cent of the firm's United Kingdom capacity and used the robotic technology that it is selling to retailers around the world.