All sorted out now. Original post below.
And may be for a while yet. From my hosting service:
At approx midnight Saturday (NSW time) a fire and subsequent explosion occurred in a Data Centre that houses one of ********** servers. None of the servers, including ours, housed in the data centre were damaged
Apparently an electrical gear shorted, creating an explosion and fire that knocked down three walls surrounding the electrical equipment room. Thankfully, no one was injured. In addition, no customer servers were damaged or lost.
The data centre team have been allowed into the building to physically inspect the damage. Early indications are that the short was in a high-volume wire conduit. We were not allowed to activate our backup generator plan based on instructions from the fire department.
The latest indication that our server should come back on line about lunch time Monday. However this is assuming everything goes to plan.
And here’s the related news story my server apparently lives in Houston, Texas with 9000 others. The company’s support forums are slow because it’s been slashdotted now.