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Monday, April 23, 2012

Fire Companies Return to Former Elementary School Burned Sunday in Independence MO

At least three companies of the Independence Fire department (IFD) have returned to the scene of a 2-alarm fire that destroyed a former school building.

The fire was in the old Pitcher- later renamed Anderson- elementary school at 9701 East 35th Street and broke out around 7:30 am Sunday morning.

Flames were jumping from the 2-story building when a second alarm was requested- and at least 6 companies of the IFD remained on the scene for most of the day.

About 8:45 am Monday morning- an IFD company was sent back to the fire scene to investigate smoke coming from the remains- and at least 2 additional fire companies were ordered.

The building was originally owned by the Kansas City (MO) School District and was later transferred with other schools to the Independence School district after a voter-approved re-alignment of the district's borders.

The ISD then sold the building to a developer who owned the building when the fire - which is still under investigation- broke out.

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