A fire that caused “substantial damage” to the warehouse of online retailer ASOS is being treated as arson, police have said.
The blaze at the warehouse in Barnsley was attended by 10 fire engines and caused the company to cease trading.
South Yorkshire Police said the incident was now being treated as deliberate after initial investigations had been carried out.
Around 500 workers were safely evacuated from the building after the fire broke out just before 10pm last night.
A statement on the ASOS website says: “Dear Customers, 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 morning.
“Thankfully no one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal for you in the next day or so. So please hold on to your orders, we will be back with you soon”
We’ve had a fire in our warehouse & fortunately nobody’s hurt. We’re working on this now & hope to be back to normal in a day or so— ASOS (@ASOS) June 21, 2014
The warehouse is said to contain over 10 million boxes of packaging and is more than 60,000 square metres in size.
Investigating Fire Officer for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Simon Rodgers, 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.”
The retailer sells fashion and beauty products around the globe and last year made sales of over £750m.