In the lead up to the busy festive season, an Amazon distribution warehouse in Staffordshire caught fire.
A dozen firefighters tackled the major blaze at around 12.15pm on 4 November this year. The recent fire may result in Christmas delivery delays. The fire has been reported as deliberate.
Exactly 12 months ago, Amazon’s warehouse was the target of another Arson attack, which started in their picking area.
Fire Investigation Officer Carl Mason described: “a large scale incident which took several hours to deal with due to the type of materials inside the building.
“The blaze involved a large amount of goods which were well alight when the crews arrived.
“The blaze has left the building seriously damaged but fortunately everyone inside was safely evacuated and no one was injured.”
A complete evacuation of over 1,000 members of staff took place that afternoon. The exact cause of the deliberate fire is yet to be determined.
Despite having a functioning sprinkler system, this did not prevent mass product damage. However, this did help to prevent the risk posed to staff members. The fulfilment centre housed over 1.5 million customer products, a large amount of which were left severely damaged by the fire, its heat and smoke.
The warehouse holds and distributes products for millions of customers, UK wide. As a result of the fire, products and delivery times for the Christmas season may be affected.
Not only did the fire put products at risk, it put 1,500 staff jobs at risk and more somberly, it put lives at risk.
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Original Sources: BBC| Express & Star | Birmingham Mail