ASOS back online after losing 20% of stock in suspected arson

23 June 2014

asos Asos, the online fashion folk, are back online after they had to stop trading when a fire broke out at their main distribution warehouse. The company lost 20% of their stock and it is thought that the blaze was the result of arson.

For the sake of a cheap narrative, we're trying to work out if we can make something up about the pervy guy who just got sacked from American Apparel being responsible for burning down a warehouse in Grimethorpe near Barnsley.

The cost of the stock is £20m, but at retail prices, is more likely to be in advance of £30m.

The company said in a statement: "None of the technology, automation or structure of the building has been affected by the fire. Our initial estimate is that approximately 20% of the total stock at the site has been compromised by fire damage and the sprinkler systems."

"The clean-up process commenced on Saturday morning and progressed quickly. We are fully insured for loss of stock and business interruption."

500 workers were evacuated from the building after the alarm was raised at 9.50pm on Friday and South Yorkshire Police reckon the fire was deliberately lit after initial investigations.

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