Although the fire is now under control and no members of the public have been injured, the inferno is a major setback to the grocery distribution giant, which has seen its share price more than double over the last 12 months.
45P7 now returning to station after a very challenging few hours at the Commercial Building Fire on the Walworth Industrial Estate, Andover. pic.twitter.com/wwjHNV59xg— Ringwood Fire Station (@RingwoodFire) February 6, 2019
Read more: Ocado boss refuses to deliver details on M&S deal "Unfortunately the fire which started yesterday morning in a corner of the ambient grid was not contained as we believed, and last night expanded. Whilst we are informed by the Fire Brigade that it is now under control, during the night part of the roof collapsed and there has been substantial damage to the majority of the building and its contents," Ocado said. The firm added: "Ocado confirms that no members of the Ocado team or the public have been injured. We are very grateful to the members of the emergency services for their efforts." The news comes a day after Ocado grabbed the headlines for its latest trading statement, where revenues grew 13 per cent to nearly £1.6bn. Read more: Ocado’s revenue nears £1.6bn but losses widen