Fire officials and police are investigating the discovery of two bodies after battling a structure fire inside an unoccupied building in Independence.
The bodies were discovered after firefighters put out the blaze about 6:40 p.m. Saturday near Pitcher Road and Blue Ridge Cutoff. The fire, officials said, was under control about 30 minutes later.
Shortly thereafter, a person was found dead at the scene. A second person was found minutes later.
The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation, officials said.
The State Fire Marshal is assisting Independence officials with the inquiry.