Ocado faces second fire this year

Ocado faces second fire this year

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A small fire broke out at Ocado’s customer fulfilment centre in Erith on Wednesday evening, causing disruption to customer orders.

Shares in Ocado were down by over 1% on Thursday.

According to Sky News, four fire engines and roughly 25 firefighters were sent to the scene, spending three hours trying to control the flame.

This is Ocado’s second fire this year after the fire at its Hampshire warehouse back in February.

Ocado said in a statement that the fire occurred outside of the building in a hopper containing waste packaging.

The fire has now been extinguished with the help of the London Fire Brigade, Ocado added.

“Given that the facility was evacuated, as required whenever a fire is reported, there was some disruption to picking and some customer orders have had to be cancelled,” Ocado said in a statement.

“We sincerely apologise to those customers affected for the inconvenience this causes. All customers will be offered a re-booking for tomorrow.” the UK based company added.

“The fire suppression measures in place performed as intended and the fire did not spread. We would like to thank the London Fire Brigade for their assistance.”

Earlier in February, Ocado experienced a fire at its Andover facility in Hampshire.

Roughly 200 firefighters and 20 fire engines were sent to the scene, taking over a day to control the blaze.

Just last month Ocado revealed the impacts of the Andover fire on its business, reporting a loss before tax of £142.8 million. Retail revenue growth was also hit by the blaze and it is estimated that the fire had a 2% impact on sales in the half.

Shares in Ocado Group plc (LON:OCDO) were trading at -1.09% as of 11:49 GMT +1 Thursday.