LONDON — Online retailer Asos’ Web site was down Sunday and the company had suspended orders, following a fire at the firm’s distribution center in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, that broke out Friday night. Asos stated on its Web site Sunday that it had “pressed pause” on the site following the fire, adding: “Thankfully no one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal…in the next day or so.”
South Yorkshire Police said over the weekend that they are treating the fire as deliberate, following initial investigations. The police said following a call at 10 p.m. local time Friday, emergency services responded and around 500 workers were evacuated from the premises. Simon Rodgers of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service 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.”
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