Massive fire destroys Boston products plant

An exhausted firefighter from Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Station takes a breather as thick black smoke continues to pour from the destroyed Boston plant. By John McCaslin

A multi-alarm fire that began late Saturday night and continued burning into Sunday afternoon has destroyed the Communications Corporation of America (CCA) printing plant in Boston.

More than 200 firefighters from at least two dozen volunteer fire departments throughout northern and central Virginia, including every company in Rappahannock, responded to the massive blaze. No major injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined. A towering plume of smoke was visible from miles away.

According to a Bloomberg business profile, the CCA is “a direct mail production facility [that] specializes in continuous form printing, data processing, personalization, finishing, and mail processing. The company offers specialty work, such as embossed and thermal plastic cards, notepads, address labels, and carbonless form impact printing. It offers direct mail services to clients in the United States and internationally.”

It is not known at this time how many people were employed at the plant.

Founded in 1971, the CCA shares the same bricked entrance as the Longlea Conference Center, a Catholic Church retreat, off of Sperryville Pike Route 522 in Boston.

Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Matthew Cody Dodson takes a much-needed break Sunday morning after battling the multi-alarm blaze near Boston. A deputy with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, Dodson was on patrol when the fire broke out around 11 p.m. Saturday. After his shift ended it didn’t take him long to switch from his sheriff’s uniform into his fireman’s gear. By John McCaslin
Having battled flames through the night, a pair of young firefighters from Little Fork Volunteer Fire in Rixeyville fall sound asleep on the grass a safe distance from the still-raging fire. By John McCaslin
A Sperryville Volunteer firefighter mans the makeshift pumping station for the more than two dozen volunteer fire departments that responded to the multi-alarm fire. By John McCaslin
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  1. And pastors will be hypocrites………you should represent gods love “Pastor” Steve not Trumps hate…,.,
    Have a blessed day

  2. This should not be political. My heart goes out to the owner and employees and their family. Keep politics out. It is not the time or place.

    Praying for all of you.

    • Sorry for all the people who have lost their income at CCA. Trump won’t help though, a good portion of the employees there were Hispanic, not little Donald’s favorite flavor. Trumps presidency has been a disaster, he doesn’t care about anything except how he appears to his dwindling half-wit base.

      • Idiot’s I guess will be idiot’s. Nice job at politicizing a real tragedy. Don’t you think we have had enough of this liberal pablum yet? I’ll pray that you are never in need as these folks are now. And if you ever are, I hope you go running to Schummer for his no help solution! Whatever you do, don’t go running to the sitting president, after all, you wouldn’t want his help it wouldn’t fit your agenda!

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