Independence firefighters battled a blaze at the former National Brass and Aluminum Foundry through Saturday night into Sunday. The building, as well as other foundry buildings near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Elm Street had been vacant since the business closed nearly three years ago. Another foundry building caught fire in January 2017, and firefighters said at that time they found evidence of vagrants having been inside. Crews from five Independence fire stations responded to the reported structure fire at 10:52 p.m. Saturday, and with building fully involved firefighters maintained defensive operations. The fire was officially out at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, and crews monitored the scene throughout the day, the city reported. The cause is under investigation. [Mike Genet/The Examiner]