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FIRE OUT: Investigators Search For Witnesses

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Fire crews say it took nearly four days but a fire at a former recycling plant just east of Des Moines’ downtown is finally out.

The old Taylor Recycling Plant on Scott Avenue caught fire around 6 p.m. last Thursday. Metro fire fighters worked around the clock until Sunday to get blaze under control

Fire investigators are now trying to determine what started the massive fire.

Investigators went into the building, Monday. While inside they were able to rule out spontaneous combustion as a cause.

That leads officials to think someone intentionally set the fire.

Fire officials say they hope a witness comes forward to help them determine who set the fire. Without tips they may never know.

“Because of the sheer size of this warehouse, trying to figure out where it was and how it got started is almost impossible. This thing burned for three days,” explains Captain Steve Brown.

Two blocks around Scott Avenue will remain blocked off until the City can install a fence to secure the property. That should happen sometime this week.