Fire at robotic warehouse hits United Kingdom online supermarket

10 Février, 2019, 16:12 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • EVACUATION Homes have been cleared after a massive fire at an Ocado warehouse

More than 30,000 orders are processed by robots at the Andover warehouse each week, but Ocado has not given any detail about what the impact will be to customers.

The blaze began Tuesday morning in the 45-million pound ($58 million) automated facility in Andover, England, that manages as many as 70,000 orders a week.

On Wednesday evening the fire service said properties will be evacuated within a 500-metre exclusion zone and a 1.6km stretch based on wind direction.

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

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

The removal of those materials has now been completed however.

The fire was declared a major incident as it swept through the Ocado warehouse and locals were urged to keep their windows and doors shut due to the smoke.

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The online grocery giant said: "We apologise to all those affected by this incident and are very thankful to the people of Andover for their understanding and support during this hard period".

"This is obviously a bad event and thankfully no one has been hurt, although some firefighters have been treated for smoke inhalation".

Ocado added it was working to minimise disruption for customers by increasing capacity at its three other major United Kingdom facilities in Hatfield, north of London, Erith, near the capital and Dordon in central England.

The company confirmed that no members of its team or the public have been injured. Makes you truly appreciate the courageous men and women of the Fire Service!

The fire also took a further toll on the group's share price.

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

Online grocer Ocado has suffered a seven per cent dive Thursday morning and suffered a fiver per cent drop Wednesday, following the fire at the firm's robotic warehouse in Andover.

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