Thinking about things lost, my mind goes back to the records warehouse fire a few months ago. The TL;DR version is that a fire broke out in a records storage facility, the fire department put it out, the fire started up again and the place was a block-sized fireball by the time the fire department returned. The warehouse was on a river, across from an oil refinery, supposedly had multiple fire prevention and supression devices, was literally on contested soil that was once valued at $100 million, held city- and state- records for public agencies (including court records), and housed records still within their mandated retention periods. Yeeeaaaah, there was a lot going on.
I am stuck on the loss of those active records and the people who are now screwed over because of it. I am stuck on the as-yet unannounced reason for the fire. Things like this aren’t supposed to happen — sprinklers, fire suppression systems, adequate security protocols are there for a reason — but in all honesty I’m not surprised. As we’ve seen with the fires at Iron Mountain facilities over the years, where there’s an accumulation of information (aka: evidence, data, fact), there’s a huge chance that someone wants to get rid of some of it.