Firefighters battling inferno at Ocado's high-tech warehouse were forced to dodge robots that continued to move while flames raged for three days | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Firefighters battling inferno at Ocado's high-tech warehouse were forced to dodge robots that continued to move while flames raged for three days

Firefighters tackling a blaze at an Ocado warehouse had to doge independently moving robots to find the one that started the fire.

Around 300 firefighters and 20 engines tackled the blaze which broke out in Andover, Hampshire at 2.44am on Tuesday morning and spread overnight, damaging around 10% of the business's capacity.

The fire was contained before it escalated again on Wednesday - forcing firefighters to set up a 500m exclusion zone over fears that a three-tonne cylinder of toxic ammonia gas in the building might explode.

The 'customer fulfilment centre' has 1,110 battery-powered robots that sort and package groceries for delivery and the section in which the blaze broke out has 600, some of which continued to move on their metal grids as firefighters worked around them.

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