Fire extinguished at automated complex of Britain's Ocado

Fire at Ocado warehouse in Andover Hampshire

INFERNO Fire crews are battling a blaze which broke out at an Ocado warehouse on Tuesday

A Booker spokesperson said: "Colleagues were evacuated from our distribution centre on Wednesday in Andover due to a fire at the neighbouring Ocado site".

"We expect the rest of the building to be lost in this fire", said Neil Odin, Chief Officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Retailers served by the Walworth Business Park depot received an email from Booker informing them they would receive no deliveries on 7 February.

Emergency services have been tackling the fire at the highly automated site full of robots in Andover since the early hours of Tuesday.

"We are working extremely closely with all of our partners to keep the public safe". "Due to concerns over the presence of pressurised refrigerants on site, the police conducted a limited evacuation of the immediate area on Wednesday evening".

Ocado has apologised to those affected by a major fire at its Hampshire warehouse after nearby homes were evacuated amid a blaze firefighters are still tackling.

The cause of the fire has not been established.

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Four firefighters were treated for minor smoke inhalation, but no Ocado staff were injured. Part of the roof has also collapsed. Makes you truly appreciate the fearless men and women of the Fire Service!

"Once we have had time to assess the damage and prepare a plan to return the CFC to operation we will update further as appropriate".

But the firm stressed it has comprehensive insurance for the property, stock and equipment and for business interruption losses.

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Ocado added that it was working to minimise disruption for customers by increasing capacity at its three other major United Kingdom facilities.

Ocado said the hi-tech robotic warehouse in Andover provided around 10% of its current capacity and its shutdown means there will be a "constraint on our ability to meet our growing customer demand".

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