Rioters destroy Sony distribution center

Sony’s main optical disk warehouse for the UK went up in flames last night as riots spread across London.

The 20,000 square meter, three-storey building in the North London borough of Enfield appears to have been totally destroyed by the fire. Nobody is believed to have been injured.

As the fire spread through the building, looters were seen leaving with electrical goods.

The warehouse is one of six across Europe, and was operated by Sony subsidiary DADC. It handled the distribution of the company’s Blu-Ray disks, DVDs and CDs.

The fire will undoubtedly have an effect on product supply. Gamers are likely to be unaffected, though, as PlayStation games are pressed elsewhere in Europe.

However, the building was also the main distribution center for PIAS – the UK’s largest independent music distributor. It carried stock from a number of independent music labels, all of which is now lost. Smaller music labels may be hard hit.

“I can confirm that the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield did burn to the ground, and Sony holds PIAS stock,” tweeted Darren Hemmings, PIAS’s head of digital entertainment.

“We know DADC was destroyed & are waiting to confirm exactly how badly this has affected PIAS.”

Sony says it’s impossible to assess the extent of the damage at the moment.