Sony distribution centre engulfed by fire
London warehouse may have been set alight by rioters
Sony Corp's compact discs and DVDs warehouse in Enfield, north London, was on fire throughout the night.
The Japanese electronics giant may have been caught up in the riots that sporadically swept across London on a third consecutive night of trouble in the capital. However, the firm is yet to determine the cause of the blaze.
Sony's 20,000 square metre three-storey warehouse has been burning since late last night and into the early hours of this morning, reports Reuters.
A spokeswoman at the company told the newswire that "there will likely be some impact on deliveries". The warehouse is Sony's sole content products depot in the UK.
"We cannot determine the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage yet because it's not possible to enter the building," the spokeswoman said. She added that no injuries had been reported at the site.
The Register has asked Sony for an up-to-date statement about the fire. But it hadn't got back to us at time of writing.
Elsewhere, riots have raged across the capital and looting and arson have been reported in Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool.
The twitterati has reacted this morning, with a hashtag – #riotcleanup – calling on Londoners to help tidy up, after violence spread across the city last night. ®
Sony may be assholes...
...but even they don't deserve to have their shops and factories pillaged like this. And this is coming from someone with a whole list of reasons to dislike them.
No, I hope the people who torched it got hurt.
Posting anon as I'm sure someone who has aquired several large TV's will disagree.
They all had access to a pretty reasonable education.
If they chose to be 'too cool 4 skool' and eschew the opportunity provided and paid for by us taxpayers, more fool them.
There is simply a culture in some communities of doing as little worjk as possible and expecting everybody else to pay for their lazy lives.
This rioting is no principled stand, it's simply about getting something for nothing - a microcosm of how they live their entire lives.