ASOS starts taking orders again following fire

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ASOS has started taking orders again, just two days after the major fire at its distribution centre in Barnsley which halted operations on Friday night.

In a statement, the company said: “None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire. Our initial estimate is that approximately 20 per cent of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems.

“The clean-up process commenced on Saturday morning and progressed quickly. Consequently at 2am this morning we recommenced taking orders. We are fully insured for loss of stock and business interruption.”

The business held £159m of stock at cost at 31st May, of which around 70 per cent is held at Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police is treating the incident as deliberate and has launched a criminal enquiry. “We are cooperating fully with this investigation,” ASOS said in its statement.

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