The ASOS fashion warehouse in Barnsley caught fire on Friday night. The blaze is said to have caused substantial damage after the fire spread from the second floor to the third and forth in the five-storey building. More than 60 fire-fighters were needed to put out the huge fire and ten fire engines were drafted in to help in the aftermath. South Yorkshire Police are treating the incident as deliberate after their initial investigation with the fire service.
Around 500 people were evacuated from the warehouse after an overpowering scent of burning plastic was detected. Lukasz, one of the workers who were evacuated spoke about the experience:
“There was a big smell like burning plastic or something like that… I think that’s why they evacuated us from the area because it was dangerous to breathe that… Everyone is safe, nobody was hurt and I think everyone will be alright.”
The official ASOS Twitter account broke the news on Saturday. The tweet read: “We’ve had a fire in our warehouse & fortunately nobody’s hurt. There’s some damage so we can’t take any orders right now. Sincere apologies”.
Their website has been closed down and a holding page put up that says: “Dear Customers, We have pressed pause on the ASOS website, this is due to a fire in our Barnsley distribution centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. Thankfully no one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal for you in the next day or so.”