LONDON, June 23 British online fashion retailer
ASOS said on Monday it had restarted taking orders
after a fire at its Barnsley Distribution Centre, in northern
England, on Friday led to a temporary suspension.
It said as of May 31 the business held 159 million pounds
($271 million) of stock at cost, of which around 70 percent was
held at Barnsley.
The firm estimated that approximately 20 percent of the
total stock at the site had been compromised by fire damage and
the sprinkler systems.
"We are fully insured for loss of stock and business
interruption," ASOS said.
It added that police were treating the fire as deliberate
and have commenced a criminal inquiry.
(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton)