As SPORTWEAR INTERNATIONAL reported Saturday, fashion online shop Asos had to temporarily shut down its website after a fire broke out in its central warehouse in Barnsley, UK, late Friday night.
This morning at 2 am, the retailer was able to recommence taking orders after a quickly progressing clean-up process.

According to a company statement released by Asos today, ”none of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire”. The statement further said that by initial estimate, approximately 20% of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems.
At May 31, 2014 Asos held £159 million (ca. €199 million) of stock at cost, of which around 70% were held at Barnsley. The company is fully insured for loss of stock and business interruption.

The fire is assumed to be a willful damage. Asos declared: “We have been advised by the South Yorkshire Police that after initial investigations, they are treating the incident as deliberate and have commenced a criminal enquiry. We are cooperating fully with this investigation”.