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London Riots Spread to Sony Warehouse

A Sony disc warehouse near Enfield, North London was set on fire before midnight on Monday, according to a statement by the Sony Digital Audio Disc Corporation (DADC).

The warehouse manages the distribution in the U.K. and Ireland of packaged Sony media on Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs. More than 150 independent record labels had stock in the facility.

Although the blazes are under control, high smoke levels have prevented anyone from entering the Enfield facility and assessing the damage.

The warehouse served as the main distribution center for the U.K. independent record label [PIAS]. In a statement on the [PIAS] Web site, the company confirmed that Sony DADC has resumed distribution at an alternate space in Enfield.

“Sony DADC have identified a temporary distribution partner and it envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week,” the statement read.

[PIAS] has been involved in the careers of artists including The Strokes, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, We Are Scientists and She & Him.

A full investigation regarding the fire is underway.