Crews from five Independence Fire Department stations worked to extinguish a fire at an apparently abandoned barn off Frontage Road near a Missouri Department of Transportation facility in northeast Independence. Smoke had been reported near northwest corner of U.S. 24 and Missouri 291 at 3:11 p.m., and the initial crews found an active fire. Part of the structure collapsed, forcing firefighters to work strictly defensively. No injuries were reported, and some firefighters remained through the afternoon to monitor the scene. [Photo courtesy of Meg Lewis]