The investigation into the fire that gutted a vacant former elementary school continues.

The investigation into the fire that gutted a vacant former elementary school continues.


Gene Gould, chief fire inspector, said firefighters were able to finally douse several of the hot spots at Anderson Alternative School, which was the former Pitcher Elementary School at 9701 E. 35th St. in southwest Independence.


“We just have some logistics we have to work through now,” Gould said. “We need to open up the area where we think the fire started.”


The building has been abandoned for years and was slated for private redevelopment. The fire struck early Sunday morning.


Originally built as a country school on land donated by Col. Pitcher, Pitcher Elementary was renamed the C.R. Anderson Alternative School by the Kansas City School District in the 1980s when it moved from serving elementary students. A new Pitcher Elementary was built nearby and still operates as part of the Kansas City School District.


Gould said firefighters may be at the site through the week, and the Independence Police Department indicated they wanted to look at the property as well.