We're discovering more damage in the wake of the Nov. 18 building fire at PBS Hawaii. Some of our computers holding valuable data, including upcoming television programming, are kaput. Specialty contractors had been carefully cleaning soot residue from our electronics, and whether it's the effects of the residue or the invasive process, some devices just don't come back to life. There's also fire residue in our air conditioning ducts. Right now, our staff is sweltering because the AC is turned off while techs clean out the AC passages. Turns out longterm exposure can cause damage to both humans and machines, so the soot's gotta go. Air conditioning will be back in service Monday.
Our large television studio likely will be out of commission for a couple more months. An air-conditioning feature above the false-ceiling soundproofing which burned needs to be rebuilt and perhaps re-designed, so that adds to our time line.
We learned this week that the power supply for our audio board has failed. A temporary set-up allows in-house productions to go on as scheduled.
There are other fire-aftermath effects we're still dealing with as well--but the good news is, we're on the air and looking just fine. And more good news: our insurance company is working closely with us to pay for the costs of cleaning, repair and replacement.