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07 February 2019 08:30

Andover industrial estate EVACUATED as Ocado warehouse blaze rages on

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Ocado warehouse fire: Hundreds of Andover homes evacuated over toxic explosion fears

A Hampshire industrial estate and nearby homes have been evacuated after a major fire at an Ocado warehouse that took more than 24 hours to bring under control. The online supermarket had been forced to cancel orders and warned of a "hit to sales" after the huge blaze ripped through its robotic warehouse. Around 200 firefighters were deployed to tackle the blaze which began at the Andover facility at 2.44am on Tuesday. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) said four of its firefighters had been treated for slight smoke inhalation as they battled to bring the inferno under control. On Wednesday night HFRS announced that the Walworth industrial estate was being evacuated due to the risk of toxins being released or a large cylinder exploding.

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The fire service said properties will be evacuated within a 500-metre exclusion zone and a 1.6km stretch based on wind direction. HUNDREDS of homes were evacuated last night over fears a huge fire could spark a toxic explosion at an Ocado warehouse. A 550-yard cordon has been set up as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze at the robot site in Andover, which broke out on Tuesday morning. Reuters 6 Homes have been evacuated due to the "risk of toxic release or large cylinder explosion" at a large fire sweeping through an Ocado warehouse Deputy chief fire officer Andy Bowers said the evacuation of Walworth Industrial Estate was a precaution to "keep the public safe". Some homes 1.6km away from the site will also be evacuated depending on the wind direction, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

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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. The online grocery retailer was forced to cancel thousands of customer deliveries due to the blaze. The warehouse handles more than 4,000 orders a day and uses hundreds of robots to select groceries from a 3D frame called the "grid". 6 Ocado said the fire, which started in a corner of the ambient grid, caused substantial damage to the majority of the building and its contents PA:Press Association 6 Residents within the 500m exclusion zone around the Ocado fire have been told to head to a rest centre at Harrow Way Community School 6 Around 200 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze at the site in Andover, which broke out at 2.44am on Tuesday and spread overnight Online grocer Ocado has been forced to cancel thousands of orders after a major fire tore through its flagship robotic warehouse. Ocado also warned of a "reduction in sales growth" after the blaze raged for more than 24 hours at the high-tech site in Andover, Hampshire.

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) said four of its firefighters had been treated for slight smoke inhalation as they battled to bring the blaze under control. The flames have been raging at the delivery firm's robotics plant in Andover, Hampshire, since the early hours of Tuesday. Hampshire deputy chief fire officer Andy Bowers said: "We have a risk of a toxic release or a large cylinder explosion. Chief fire officer Neil Odin told the BBC the design of the centre - which uses robots not humans to move products - meant it was difficult for firefighters to get inside. Hampshire fire and rescue service tweeted: "We are continuing to manage the incident at the Ocado Andover CFC site.

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Ocado said that it had to cancel some customer orders because of the fire and it was "working hard to resume normal service as soon as possible". A Hampshire industrial estate and nearby homes are being evacuated because of the risk of poisoning or explosion after a major fire at an Ocado warehouse. As smoke continued to billow from the site in Andover on Wednesday evening, more than 36 hours after the incident began, the fire spread to a new part of the building and firefighters evacuated properties up to a mile away. "We have a risk of a toxic release or a large cylinder explosion," said the deputy chief fire officer of Hampshire fire and rescue service, Andy Bowers. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (@Hants_fire) We are currently evacuating properties in the 500-metre exclusion zone of the #OcadoFire, #Andover.

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The blaze broke out at about 2.45am on Tuesday and spread overnight, causing substantial damage, the fire service said. Ocado was unable to say when deliveries would resume from the Hampshire facility, one of its automated warehouses, as it issued a warning to the stock market that its sales growth would take a hit from the blaze. Neil Odin, the chief fire officer of Hampshire fire and rescue service, said the fire had started in the racking system inside the building, which is designed for robots and automation, making the emergency service's job harder. Huge fire at Ocado's Hampshire warehouse brought under control Read more Facebook Twitter Pinterest Firefighters bring the fire at the Ocado robotic warehouse in Andover under control. The warehouse is thought to contain as much as £6m of stock, which was mainly handled by 600 robots that have been developed by Ocado as part of a highly automated grocery delivery system it is contracted to build for retailers around the world.

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The grocer has been forced to cancel orders after its robotic warehouse was hit by a 24-hour-long blaze in Hampshire. Ocado shares have dropped 6% and the retailer has warned of a hit to sales following a huge fire which swept through its warehouse in Hampshire. About 200 firefighters spent the night tackling the blaze, which broke out on Tuesday morning. The online grocer said it expected a fall in sales growth until it could shift operations to other warehouses. Image copyright HFRS Image caption The fire was declared a major incident by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service The site, on the Walworth Industrial Estate, accounts for 10% of Ocado's capacity.

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Image caption Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said parts of the building are likely to collapse Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said about 70 firefighters remained at the site and urged nearby residents to keep doors and windows shut. "This building is not meant for humans to be interacting with the racking and the storage - it has robots moving racking on to loading bays, so for firefighters trying to get in that high and to make an effective fire-fighting strategy, it has been very difficult," he said. On Tuesday Ocado said it had cancelled some customer orders because of the fire and it was "working hard to resume normal service as soon as possible". A FIRE at an Ocado warehouse in Hampshire has forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby homes. Firefighters were continuing to tackle the blaze nearly 24 hours after it broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Around 200 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze, which broke out at 2.44am on Tuesday. The Walworth industrial estate is being evacuated due to the risk of toxins being released or a large cylinder exploding, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said. Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Bowers said: "We have a risk of a toxic release or a large cylinder explosion. The hi-tech facility uses robots to handle 65,000 orders per week for the online food retailer and fears have been raised the blaze will cause serious disruption to deliveries. THICK black smoke is engulfing swathes of the town as emergency services continue to battle against the fire in Ocado's Andover warehouse.

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said earlier roday that crews had brought the blaze under control, following it being declared a major incident last night. Leader of Test Valley Borough Council Councillor Phil North said environmental health officers are monitoring the air, as the fire service continues to advise residents to keep windows and doors closed in areas affected by the smoke. "We have spoken to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and their advice remains to keep windows and doors closed in areas affected by the smoke. READ: Firefighters tackle warehouse blaze at Ocado Hundreds of homes were evacuated last night after an exclusion zone had to be set up around a fire at an Ocado warehouse. The fire at the warehouse in Andover had begun early on Tuesday and Hampshire Fire and Rescue said that it was evacuating properties within 500 metres of the building because of the "risk of toxic release or large cylinder explosion".

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Firefighters had to cut holes in the roof to tackle the fire because the robot-controlled facility in Andover, Hampshire, was not designed with humans in mind. "It has robots operating to move racking on to the loading bays," Neil Odin, chief fire officer at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said.