WORK has begun to clear the fire-ravaged site where online supermarket Ocado operated before a blaze ripped through its warehouse.

A fire broke out at the site on Walworth Business Park on February 5, with more than 200 firefighters tackling the major incident for four days.

Following the fire, senior management at Ocado have met with North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse to discuss their future plans for the site, with bosses saying the company ‘remain committed to Andover’.

It is understood that surveying of the site has commenced, with a view to scoping out future potential.

As previously reported, Ocado’s chief executive Tim Steiner said: “The fire has been a setback, but it will be only a temporary one.

“Over the last few weeks, our teams have been working hard to minimise any disruption to our customers and we will build a state-of-the-art replacement facility that reflects all the innovations and improvements we have made since Andover opened in November 2016.”

Ocado also said that it has begun to install 10,000sq ft of temporary refrigeration units with an aim to being geared up and ready for April deliveries.

A Facebook post by Mr Malthouse said: “As the surveying is still ongoing it is difficult to provide a fully accurate picture but, on present plans, they are looking to start demolition of the fire ravaged site in the coming months and rebuilding as soon as practicable.”

Mr Malthouse added: “I am very pleased Ocado have confirmed they are committed to the Andover site, and have installed 10,000 sq ft of temporary refrigeration equipment for the commencement of April deliveries while continuing to assess the future potential for the fire damaged site.

“I hope a solution can be found that is to the benefit of our community and I will continue to represent residents to achieve that.”