One scanner sparked, setting off more than half a million in damages.
The Internet Archive, the nonprofit devoted to storing as much of the Internet as possible for future visitors, is asking for donations after its scanning center was destroyed in a fire.
It estimated $600,000 in lost equipment.
No people were injured in the fire, which started around 3:45pm PST Wednesday and burned for a little over an hour. Some physical materials were destroyed, but scanned data was lost.
In a blog post, the Archive noted that it would need public donations to replace the equipment. “It is in difficult times like these that we turn to our community,” the post states.
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