Fire Strikes Richmond Times Printing Plant

June 23, 2007

A three-alarm fire struck the Richmond Times-Dispatch printing plant in Hanover County on Saturday as the Sunday edition was being printed.

The fire started shortly after noon, apparently in a folder on one of the newspaper's three presses. The unit was printing classified ads for the Sunday newspaper at the time.

There was a blast of such force that "it knocked one pressman down but he wasn’t injured," said publisher Thomas A. Silvestri.

No serious injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was not immediately known, company and fire officials said.

Water was being poured into the building more than two hours after the blaze began. The roof was opened to ventilate the area where the fire occurred.

More than a dozen fire and rescue units from Hanover and nearby counties went to the plant near the interchange of U.S. 301 and Interstate 295.

The plant began operations in 1992 with the merger of the Richmond News Leader and The Times-Dispatch.

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