Ocado (LON:OCDO) share price rises after robot warehouse fire extinguished

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It said that due to concerns over the presence of pressurised refrigerants at the site, the police conducted a limited evacuation of the immediate area on Wednesday evening. The exclusion zone was lifted on Thursday morning.

It said: "We apologise to all those affected by this incident and are very thankful to the people of Andover for their understanding and support during this hard period".

A devastating blaze at British online supermarket Ocado's OCDO.L flagship packing and distribution complex in southern England has been extinguished, but firefighters will remain at the site for now. Ocado vans with food, drink, nappies and other essentials were sent to Andover and hotel rooms were made available for those who had to leave their homes during the night.

The cause of the fire has not been established.

Firefighters were called to the Ocado warehouse in the early morning on 5 February to tackle the blaze.

Chief Fire officer Neil Odbin from Hampshire Fire and Rescue has already revealed that the fire has spread into a second building on the site and efforts to extinguish the blaze are hampered due to the internals and dangers within the multi-million-pound warehouse.

A rest centre was set up at Harrow Way Community School, and around 20 families sought refuge there.

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Conservative MP for North West Hampshire Kit Malthouse posted on Facebook on Wednesday: "The fire has come and gone during the day, flaring up at times, and I understand it has recently receded, however I would urge people nearby to check online for advice". Four firefighters have been treated for minor smoke inhalation.

More than 300 firefighters were tackling the blaze on Wednesday afternoon, after it was declared a major incident.

Ocado said it has been forced to cancel some customer orders because of a huge fire that swept through an robotic warehouse in Hampshire. "Unfortunately the fire which started yesterday. was not contained as we believed, and last night expanded", Ocado said in a statement. Makes you truly appreciate the fearless men and women of the Fire Service!

And it said it had comprehensive insurance for the property, stock and equipment on site, and for business interruption losses.

More than 30,000 orders - 10% of Ocado's capacity - are processed by robots at the Andover warehouse each week, but Ocado has not yet given any detail about what the impact will be to customers.

Shares in United Kingdom online supermarket group Ocado slumped Wednesday after a fire ripped through a company warehouse operated by robots.

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