Firefighters still on scene of huge Andover fire as smoke engulfs area

Firefighters still on scene of huge Andover fire as smoke engulfs area

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:24am 6th February 2019. (Updated at 5:54pm 6th February 2019)

The blaze at Ocado's site had been declared a major incident earlier.

More than 200 firefighters dealt with the fire which had been burning for more than 24 hours.

It broke out in the robotic warehouse on the Walworth Industrial Estate in the early hours of yesterday (5th February), part of the roof of the building later collapsed.

More than 24 hours later and crews are still at the site. 

Residents of a nearby estate - Picket Twenty - have been told they can't drive back to their homes, but they can walk.

And there are reports the industrial estate where the warehouse is located has been evacuated.

It's thought the issues have arisen because the wind has changed direction, which has led to smoke billowing over the estate and A303.

Smoke over Andover
Smoke from the fire at the Ocado warehouse - photo courtesy of Jason Bubb

Crews from Salisbury, Ludgershall, Wilton and Fordingbridge were among those who were called to the scene yesterday.

Four fire-fighters were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Ocado fire
200 fire-fighters were called to tackle the blaze at Ocado's robotic warehouse.

Residents nearby are still advised to keep their windows and doors shut as thick black smoke poured from the building.

Ocado Andover Fire February 2019
The heavy smoke remains and firefighters are still on site this afternoon - photo from Oakwood Shopfitting
Ocado Andover Fire February 2019
Smoke billowing over Walworth Industrial Estate in Andover today
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