Warehouse fire treated as arson

A fire that caused "substantial damage" to the warehouse of online retailer ASOS is being treated as arson, police have said.

The Asos warehouse in Barnsley has been badly damaged in a fire
The Asos warehouse in Barnsley has been badly damaged in a fire

The blaze at the warehouse in Barnsley was attended by 10 fire engines and caused the company to cease trading.

South Yorkshire Police said the incident was now being treated as deliberate after initial investigations had been carried out.

Around 500 workers were safely evacuated from the building after the fire broke out just before 10pm last night.

A statement on the ASOS website says: "Dear Customers, w e 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. So please hold on to your orders, we will be back with you soon"

The warehouse is said to contain over 10 million boxes of packaging and is more than 60,000 square metres in size.

Investigating Fire Officer for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Simon Rodgers, said: "The fire involved four floors of the warehouse and the blaze was contained in the area of origin by firefighters.

"ASOS staff had a good evacuation process in place which assisted the emergency services and allowed the fire to be brought under control more quickly."

Three of the fire engines that attended the incident on Park Spring Road had been called in from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East , tweeted last night: "Huge thanks to the brilliant crews from @SYFR + @West_Yorks_FRS for tackling the @ASOS fire. They do a magnificent job. Glad no one hurt."

The retailer sells fashion and beauty products around the globe and last year made sales of over £750 million.