Arson investigation underway following fire at clothing website ASOS’ Barnsley premises

Fire at ASOS distribution centre on Barnsley on Friday June 20

Fire at ASOS distribution centre on Barnsley on Friday June 20

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ONE OF the country’s most popular clothing websites is down this morning following a what is thought to have been a ‘deliberate’ fire at its Barnsley warehouse.

South Yorkshire Police has launched a criminal investigation into the blaze, which ripped through the Goldthorpe distribution centre on Friday night.

The building, which had 500 members of staff inside, was evacuated and more 10 fire engines tackled the blaze. It took 60 firefighters several hours to extinguish the fire.

Simon Rodgers, investigating fire officer at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, 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.”

Customers were left disappointed when orders failed to arrive on time, while others face a nervous wait to see whether theirs have been affected.

Lucy Shannon Tweeted: “Yep my asos order didn’t arrive because there was a fire in the warehouse last night #whatamigonnawear”

The company has released a statement on a holding page on the website which reads: “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.

“Thankfully no-one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal for you in the next day or so.”

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