The city of Des Moines wants the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to help pay for the cleanup costs from a large warehouse fire earlier this year.
The Des Moines Register reported that the city wants $300,000 of the estimated $550,000 in damage to be paid for from the DNR. The city will come up with the remaining $250,000 when the property is sold.
Three people were charged with arson after the August fire at a warehouse on Scott Avenue.
City Manager Rick Clark said the site is fenced off because it poses a safety hazard. The city is trying to acquire the property, conduct environmental testing and ultimately tear it down.