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Sony's CD warehouse set alight by rioters

The music industry is counting the cost of riots in England after numerous record labels saw their CD stocks wiped out in a warehouse fire at a facility run by Sony.

Leading companies such as XL and Domino - who are behind acts including Adele and Arctic Monkeys - are among those which used the destroyed distribution hub in Enfield, north London.

Around 40 firefighters tackled the blaze at the Sony DADC warehouse which erupted in flames early yesterday morning.

The 215,000 sq ft centre is used to store CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and discs used for PlayStation Portable games.

Alison Wenham, who chairs the Association of Independent Music, said: "This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans' help, labels and artists will survive."

One witness claimed to have seen a number of looters leaving the warehouse with items before the blaze took hold.

A Sony statement said: "At this time we are unable to confirm the extent of the damage or the cause until the fire is fully extinguished and an investigation can be carried out by the authorities."