Russian e-commerce company Ozon assesses damage after massive warehouse fire

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MOSCOW – Russian e-commerce company Ozon said on Thursday it was still assessing the economic damage from a massive fire at its warehouse near Moscow, but there were no significant risks to its liquidity and operational activities.

At least one person was killed and thirteen injured in the fire, the RIA news agency quoted a source of the emergency services on Wednesday.

Ozone said Wednesday it had evacuated more than 1,000 warehouse workers, 12 of whom had to seek medical attention. Two employees have been taken to hospital, one of whom has been discharged, the company reported Thursday.

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“Unfortunately, nothing is known about the fate of the two people who were in the warehouse at the time of the fire,” Ozon said. “We are in touch with their loved ones. We want to believe in a miracle.”

The fire covered an area of ​​55,000 square meters in a fulfillment center northwest of Moscow, where Ozon processes and processes thousands of products. The company has increased capacity in other distribution centers.

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Ozone said goods and equipment in the warehouse were insured for up to 11 billion rubles ($182.6 million).

“Ozone’s liability is also insured in the event of damage to life, health and property of third parties for up to 1 billion rubles,” the company said.

Ozone said it is working with authorities to determine the cause of the fire. RIA had reported that emergency services considered arson as the most likely cause.

($1 = 60,2500 rubles)

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Jan Harvey and Jane Merriman)

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Photo: Smoke rises above a burning warehouse of online retailer Ozon in the Istra municipal district, in northwestern Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. The fire broke out in the warehouse of leading Russian online retailer Ozon. Photo credit: TSWT Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko.

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