The San Francisco scanning center of the Internet Archive was destroyed by fire late Wednesday night. The Internet Archive, home of the Wayback Machine, is a non-profit organized to offer "permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format."
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but thankfully only a few items were lost and they were believed to have been digitized. However, nearly $600,000 of high-end digital scanning equipment was lost to the blaze. The main building suffered only a small electrical damage. The IA is asking for any funding or scanning help you can offer.
Look at what our gods have smote down upon us for going against the almighty book? Eh? Okay, not funny. We are thankful that no one was hurt and that if the Old Ones do wish to get all vengeful about digitization and ebooks they go after Apple first.