One of Canada's oldest remaining small publishing companies has been forced to close following a fire that destroyed its warehouse and office in the Slocan Valley. 

Thousands of books were destroyed on Aug. 4 at Sono Nis Press in Winlaw — owner Diane Morriss said it took several fire departments eight hours to put out the blaze. 

"I feel really bad for all of our authors. Many of them lost their livelihood," Morriss said. "Some of them would order cases of their books and that's how they would make money."

The 48-year-old press had published more than 400 titles from 200 Canadian authors, and had 150 books in print. 

Morriss said she was travelling with a friend, author Sylvia Olsen,  when she got the call about the fire. 

She said her father and grandfather helped build up the small publishing house, which she has run for more than two decades, sending books to sellers and authors all over the world. 

"Every kind of book you could imagine, from regional B.C. history to art books to history books," Morriss said. 

Morriss said the business was under-insured.

"We are unable to reprint all of the books we had in stock." she wrote.

The loss left Morriss heartbroken, and comes as a blow to Canada's limited small-scale local publishing industry.

With files from Bob Keating