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UK's Ocado Says Small Fire At Erith Centre Doused

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British online supermarket and technology company Ocado said a small fire was reported at its customer fulfilment centre in Erith on Wednesday evening.

The London Fire Brigade attended to it and the fire has been extinguished, Ocado said in a statement on Thursday.

The incident comes months after a fire hit Ocado's flagship robotic distribution centre in Andover in southern England.

The Andover fire, at a flagship robotic warehouse for the group, led Ocado to announce a profit warning at the time. Prior to the blaze the Andover centre was providing about 10% of Ocado's UK capacity.

In July, Ocado reported a 46% fall in first-half core earnings, citing both the Andover fire as well as accounting changes and the cost of share schemes.

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