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YOUNKERS FIRE: Other Buildings Damaged

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The fire at the historic Younkers building in downtown Des Moines Saturday morning didn’t just turn the more than 100-year-old building to rubble, it also damaged nearby buildings.

Extreme heat from the flames blew out windows at the EMC building and also caused metal on the outside of the building to melt. The building also suffered smoke damage. Firefighters say water from their firefighting efforts caused damage as well.

Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department says windows from the building to the north of the Younkers building, which houses The Hub and the Des Moines Partnership, have been falling out from the second story up. The windows are shattering mid-air and falling on the street.

The city’s building inspector is on scene, examining the structural integrity of nearby buildings as well as the skywalk system

Debris from the fire has been found on MLK Parkway and as far away as Indianola Avenue.


  • Rebecca Hergert

    This looks suspious!
    I don’t know the area.
    D.M. is always pushing for Downtown Businesses/condo’s/housing/grocery stores.
    Plus, if they were remodeling!!
    I’m sure someone set it on fire.
    Especially if there is a bar/night club close to it!!

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