Fire damages ‘majority’ of Ocado’s Andover CFC

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Ocado has warned that a fire at its robotic logistics centre at Andover is more serious than originally thought.

The fire broke out on Tuesday 5th February in a section of the ambient grid. Some 200 fire-fighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue attended.

In a statement, Ocado said on Wednesday morning: “While we are informed by the Fire Brigade that it is now under control, during the night part of the roof collapsed and there has been substantial damage to the majority of the building and its contents.

“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. As Andover was providing approximately 10 per cent of our current capacity, as a result of this incident there will be a constraint on our ability to meet our growing customer demand and there will be a reduction in sales growth until we can increase capacity elsewhere.”

The company confirmed that no members of its team or the public have been injured. “We are very grateful to the members of the emergency services for their efforts.”

And it said it had comprehensive insurance for the property, stock and equipment on site, and for business interruption losses.

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