Only days after the 4th of July fireworks show, the sky over Noyo Harbor was once again lit up – by flames leaping from the roof of Thanksgiving Coffee Company’s headquarters in Fort Bragg. The fire was noticed around 9 pm on Monday July 5th, and called in by neighbors. The Fort Bragg Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call and building was soon surrounded by three fire engines and an estimated 50 local firefighters, who worked for hours to put out the blaze.
Damages to the building were severe; disabling use of office facilities, but it could have been a lot worse. Fortunately, the roasting room and the warehouse were protected from the fire, which spared the company’s rare, antique coffee roaster, and hundreds of pounds of green coffee beans from all over the world.
Harvest Market generously allowed Thanksgiving to set up temporary offices in their building. They are hoping to be back in action very soon – and may be contracting out roasting services with Bay Area companies in the short term.
According to Thanksgiving’s Director of Business Development, Jenais Zarlin, the company has been deeply touched by the generosity of this community. At this time, Jenais states that the best way to support the “Thanksgiving Coffee Family,” is to patronize the Mendocino Bakery (on Lansing Street in Mendocino).
If you are a local business, and would like to offer a gesture of kindness (e.g. a complimentary lunch) to Thanksgiving Coffee employees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can put you in touch.
According to the Fort Bragg Advocate, vandalism and signs of forced entry have prompted further investigation into the cause of the fire.