HUNDREDS of homes were evacuated last night over fears a huge fire could spark a toxic explosion at an Ocado warehouse. A 550-yard cordon has been set up as firefighters continue to tackle the blaze at the robot site in Andover, which broke out on Tuesday morning. Deputy chief fire officer Andy Bowers said the evacuation of Walworth Industrial Estate was a precaution to "keep the public safe". Some homes 1.6km away from the site will also be evacuated depending on the wind direction, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said. A rest centre has been set up at Harrow Way Community School. Mr Bowers said: "We have a risk of a toxic release or a large cylinder explosion. "There is a phased evacuation of Walworth industrial estate taking place as a precaution and a rest centre has been set up. "We are working extremely closely with all of our partners to keep the public safe." Hampshire Police said they didn't know how many houses had been evacuated. 200 FIREFIGHTERS TACKLED THE BLAZE The fire … [Read more...] about Ocado warehouse fire: Hundreds of Andover homes evacuated over toxic explosion fears
A FIRE at an Ocado warehouse in Hampshire has forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby homes. Firefighters were continuing to tackle the blaze nearly 24 hours after it broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning. How did the blaze in Andover start? Ocado said the fire began started in a grid that allows robots to move around the facility The blaze caused substantial damage to the majority of the building and its contents. Around 200 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the blaze, which broke out at 2.44am on Tuesday. Part of the roof collapsed, but the firm said no members of the Ocado team or the public were injured. What are the latest updates? Firefighters were still dealing with the blaze on Wednesday evening. The Walworth industrial estate is being evacuated due to the risk of toxins being released or a large cylinder exploding, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said. Properties will be evacuated within a 550 yard exclusion zone and up to a mile away based on wind … [Read more...] about Ocado warehouse fire – how did the blaze in Andover start and what are the latest updates?
Police have found the body of a man following an explosion which caused a house to collapse in Andover. Hampshire Fire and Rescue said teams were continuing to search the scene in King Arthurs Way following an incident at about 2.30am on Thursday.Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.The fire service and Hampshire Constabulary have launched an investigation.In a joint statement, they said: "The body of a man has been found after an explosion in Andover at about 2.30am this morning (December 27)."The explosion caused a building collapse in King Arthurs Way, Andover."Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and its urban search and rescue teams are continuing to search the scene."Resident Hannah Louise tweeted a photo of the destroyed building and said she heard a "huge bang". She said the building collapsed and was now "gone" and that a neighbouring property was "severely damaged".Another resident also spoke of a "really loud bang" in the middle of the night. He told Sky … [Read more...] about Andover explosion: Man’s body found after house collapses
Police have found the body of a man following an explosion which caused a building to collapse in Andover. Hampshire Fire and Rescue said teams were continuing to search the scene in King Arthurs Way following an incident at about 2.30am on Thursday.Neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.More follows... … [Read more...] about Andover explosion: Body found after building collapses
A MAN'S body has been pulled from the wreckage of a house after an explosion caused a building to collapse in Andover in the early hours of this morning. Residents have been evacuated as a joint police and fire investigation is underway. The explosion happened in King Arthurs Way at about 2.30am. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thesun and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSun. … [Read more...] about Andover gas explosion – Man’s body pulled from wreckage after explosion causes house to collapse