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California’s Apollo Masters Vinyl Manufacturing Plant Suffers “Catastrophic Damage” From Fire [Video]
Tom Shackleford | Saturday, February 8th, 2020

https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/apollo-masters-vinyl-plant-fire/

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This past Thursday, February 6th, a fire caused extensive damage to Apollo Masters manufacturing plant in Banning, CA where lacquer used to make vinyl discs are produced, according to a report from The Desert Sun.

The early-morning “three-alarm fire” didn’t result in any injuries to the employees on-site, but did require the presence of 82 total firefighters to help extinguish the blaze which may have come from an explosion at the 15,000-square-foot factory. The building fire was contained by 10:45 a.m., but not before it almost completely destroyed the facility.

A statement shared to the Apollo Masters website reads,

To all of wonderful customers. It is with great sadness we report the Apollo Masters manufacturing and storage facility had a devastating fire and suffered catastrophic damage. The best news is all of our employees are safe. We are uncertain of our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time. Thank you for all of the support over the years and the notes of encouragement and support we have received from you all.

Unfortunately for music fans–specifically avid vinyl consumers–Thursday’s fire could result in loss of productivity for bands and record labels who need the supplies made at Apollo Masters to produce and sell their albums on vinyl.

“From my understanding, this fire will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide,” Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell said about the fire in a statement shared to Pitchfork. “There are only TWO companies that make lacquers in the world, and the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demand BEFORE this development.”

Blackwell continued, “I imagine this will affect EVERYONE, not just Third Man Pressing and Third Man Mastering, but to what extent remains to be seen … I don’t want to be an alarmist. But I’m attempting to be realistic as opposed to Pollyannish.”

The fire brings to mind the 2019 report on the 2008 warehouse fire at the Universal Studios Backlot which resulted in the loss of thousands of master recordings from John Coltrane and Nirvana to Joni Mitchell, Tupac Shakur, and Louis Armstrong.

Riverside County Environmental Health officials will now begin to investigate whether the surrounding environment in Banning was impacted by the burning of chemicals used at the facility.


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14 Americans test positive for coronavirus after evacuation from quarantined cruise ship
More than 300 U.S. citizens and family members who had been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were evacuated.

Feb. 17, 2020, 1:54 AM PST / Updated Feb. 17, 2020, 8:36 AM PST
By Yuliya Talmazan and Kurt Chirbas

Fourteen Americans who were among the hundreds of people evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1,800 lives in a growing outbreak in China.

More than 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were taken off the vessel and repatriated back to the United States on two chartered flights that landed at Travis Air Force Base, California, and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, early Monday.

In a statement, a State Department spokesperson said Monday that the American evacuees were all deemed asymptomatic and fit to fly before being processed for evacuation.

But during the evacuation process, after passengers had left the ship and gone to the airport, U.S. officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested two to three days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

"These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols," the spokesperson said.

The State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers and who continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process after a consultation with health officials, according to the statement.

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U.S. passengers who have chosen to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship, are transported by shuttle bus to Haneda airport to fly back to the United States on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Philip and Gay Courter via Reuters

The Diamond Princess has been on quarantine since Feb. 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

The outbreak continued to grow Monday as the death toll rose to 1,772 and the number of confirmed cases reached 70,635 in China.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, said that outside of China, the organization had received reports of 694 cases in 25 countries, including three deaths.

Japan's health ministry confirmed 99 additional coronavirus cases on board the ship Monday. More than 1,700 people on the Diamond Princess, which had 3,700 passengers and crew on board, have been tested since the quarantine began — 454 of them have tested positive for the virus, including some Americans.

The State Department said all evacuated American passengers were closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight and any who become symptomatic were to be moved to a specialized containment area.

The evacuees will now be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

"Passengers that develop symptoms in flight and those with positive test results will remain isolated on the flights and will be transported to an appropriate location for continued isolation and care," the spokesperson said, without elaborating on where that location could be.

Hundreds of Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, the center of the epidemic in China's Hubei province, aboard chartered flights in late January and earlier this month. They were also subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at military bases upon arrival in the U.S.

Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Italy are also making efforts to evacuate their citizens from the quarantined cruise ship.


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