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Emergency crews battled a fire at a commercial building in Independence, MO, for over six hours Thursday.

The fire started about 6:30 a.m. at a building in the 1300 block of W Elm Street. Parts of the north side of the building collapsed, causing fire authorities to not allow firefighters to enter the building.

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Independence Deputy Fire Chief Mark Carrick says that since firefighters inspect commercial buildings, they knew the building was empty.

Authorities have confirmed that the building used to be National Aluminum and Brass Foundry.

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“With a manufacturing facility like this it’s just got different configurations different building attached and so It makes it difficult for firefighting,” Carrick said.

When they arrived, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the building.

Firefighters set up a collapse zone and battled the fire from the outside of the building.

City officials with code enforcement and water pollution will start their own inspection of the damage.

The cause of the fire is unknown but Deputy Fire Chief Carrick said the building had no power.

There were no injuries in the incident.

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