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Fire At Local Computer Storage Factory
Wednesday night blaze levels local factory owned by Polish immigrant family. Cause of fire currently unknown.
Neil Hawk / 02/22 / 12:00 a.m. / NEWS
VANCOUVER. BC. - A business located south of Marine Drive in Vancouver was nearly destroyed by flames on Tuesday evening.
The building, owned by a local Polish Immigrant named Jedrez Kaminski, specialized in producing computer storage, such as floppy disks, CD-ROMS, and other portable media. It also specialized in doing large-scale writes to existing hardware for commercial software.
"It was so f*cking terrible. It's all f*cking gone." said Kaminski.
Firefighters were called to the scene around 12:30 am to respond to the blaze which was already clearly visible from outside the building on 43rd Ave.
According to the mayor, no other nearby buildings were damaged in the fire.
No one was killed at the facility, though, tragically, young video game developer Kaycee Hobbs died from fire-related complications 48 hours later at St. Irving's hospital. She was working late at the facility performing quality assurance on behalf of her employer, GameFuna Inc.
The factory employed some 50-75 people, the majority of whom live in the greater Vancouver area.
In the 1950's the factory operated as a printing facility for books, packaging, playing cards, and more. Mr. Kaminski purchased it in the late 70's after fleeing his home country of Poland as a refugee of political violence.
"It's a page of local history, up in flames." said Maria Arroyo, who lives nearby.
The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.