Independence firefighter suffers minor injuries battling blaze at building on 24 Highway

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A firefighter suffered minor injuries Wednesday while crews battled a large building fire.

More than 30 firefighters were dispatched just after 10:30 a.m. to a building near 24 Highway and Ash Avenue. Heavy smoke and flames were visible when crews arrived on scene.

Officials said it took time to get the two-alarm fire under control because of strong winds Wednesday morning, but firefighters got it under control just after noon. A portion of 24 Highway was shut down while crews worked to contain the blaze.

A city spokesperson said the firefighter suffered a minor cut, but did not provide details on how the injury occurred. No one else was hurt.

The west side of the building, where the fire took place, was vacant and suffered significant damage. Operations at a Mexican restaurant on the east side of the building were temporarily interrupted as crews worked.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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