Fire at Barnsley ASOS fashion warehouse 'deliberate'

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze after they were called to the scene

A fire which caused an online fashion retailer to cease trading is being treated as arson, police have said.

The fire at the ASOS distribution centre near Grimethorpe, Barnsley broke out at about 22:00 BST on Friday.

South Yorkshire Police said the incident was being treated as deliberate following initial investigations with the fire service.

The blaze at Park Spring Road caused "substantial damage" and has forced the company to stop taking orders.

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze overnight and about 500 people were evacuated from the five-storey building.

On a holding page on its website, ASOS said: "We have pressed pause on the ASOS website, this is due to a fire in our Barnsley distribution centre in the early hours of Saturday.

"Thankfully no-one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal for you in the next day or so."

Overnight back-up

Andy Hayter, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service: "Early intervention was the deciding factor in saving this building"

The blaze is believed to have spread from the second floor to the third and fourth floors.

Ten fire engines, including three from West Yorkshire Fire service, were drafted in to help overnight.

One worker at the warehouse, Lukasz said: "There was a big smell like burning plastic or something like that.

"I think that's why they evacuated us from the area because it was dangerous to breathe that.

"Everyone is safe, nobody was hurt and I think everyone will be alright."

The Barnsley warehouse is the company's major global distribution centre.

It has other facilities in the US, China and Australia but most orders go through Barnsley.

In a statement, the company said no new orders were currently being taken and existing orders yet to be shipped, would also be delayed.

It is understood the warehouse contains more than 10 million boxes of packaging.

Simon Rodgers, Investigating Fire Officer for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: "The fire involved four floors of the warehouse and the blaze was contained in the area of origin by firefighters.

"ASOS staff had a good evacuation process in place which assisted the emergency services and allowed the fire to be brought under control more quickly."

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Weather

Sheffield

Min. Night 7 °C

Features

  • photo of patient zero, two year-old Emile OuamounoPatient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread


  • A young Chinese girl looks at an image of BarbieBarbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?


  • Prosperi in the 1994 MdSLost in the desert

    How I drank urine and bat blood to survive in the Sahara


  • Afghan interpetersBlacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban


  • Flooded homesNo respite

    Many hit by last winter's floods are struggling to pay soaring insurance bills


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.