Government Politics

Printing Business In Rochester Burns To Ground, Sparks Unfounded Rumors About Ballots

The Grind:
A printing business in upstate New York that has been a staple in the community for nearly a century burned to the ground on Christmas Eve. Taking 70 firefighters to put out the raging flames, City Blue Imaging Services on Scio Street in Rochester was reduced to rubble by Christmas morning.

“First I cried, obviously,” said City Blue employee Paul Kieffer, on scene the morning after the fire. “There are no words for it. We expected burned up building, maybe a small fire, but it’s just gone.”

The Details:
“We’re just baffled we can’t find one piece of equipment that was in there,” the employee added. “There should be stuff there, and there’s not.”

The massive fire, into which an investigation is ongoing, sparked rumors online about alleged ties to bad New York State ballots in the 2020 presidential election, which appear to be linked to Rochester-based Phoenix Graphics, not City Blue.

The official page for Ohio’s Carroll County Republican Party suggested in a since-deleted Facebook post that City Blue printed “fake ballots shipped by USPS (United States Postal Service).” Read more…

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