07 February 2019 13:30
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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".
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". 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.