A Wednesday morning fire damaged a north Independence structure that housed a pair of businesses and forced officials to close a portion of U.S. 24.

The building at U.S. 24 and College Street (Dickinson Road on the opposite side), near William Chrisman High School, houses discount smoke shop and Independence Custom Sound. Crews from four fire stations responded to the fire at 6:15 a.m. and had the fire under control by 7:30 a.m. No one was in the building at the time, and no civilian or first responder injuries were reported.

– Examiner staff