A fire which caused an online fashion retailer to cease trading is being treated as arson.
The fire at the ASOS distribution centre near Grimethorpe, Barnsley broke out at about 10pm uk time Friday.
South Yorkshire Police said the incident was being treated as deliberate following initial investigations with the fire service.
The blaze at Park Spring Road caused “substantial damage” and has forced the company to stop taking orders.
More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze overnight and about 500 people were evacuated from the five-storey building.
On a holding page on its website, ASOS said: “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.
“Thankfully no-one was hurt and we expect to be back to normal for you in the next day or so.”
Asos is one of the areas biggest job generators providing a living for most in the area. The fact that it has affected us the customer is nothing compared to people missing work and with the stock market figures plummeting will be a major set back for the company.
But who could have started the fire? Disgruntled former employee? Someone just being careless lighting a cigarette? Or dare we say it, Insurance job? With the police looking into it I am sure we will find out soon enough.