WAREHOUSE FIRE: City Installs Fence

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Crews began work Tuesday to put up a fence around a fire damaged Des Moines warehouse.

The former Taylor Recycling Plant on Scott Avenue caught fire on Thursday. It took firefighters until Sunday to finally put it out.

Iowa One Call spent time making sure the boundary was safe to dig, Tuesday afternoon.

Public Works crews also cleared a path for the fence through the debris.

City officials say the 6-foot-tall chain link fence will likely begin going up Tuesday evening and will take a day or two to finish.

The City will pay the $13,000 tab for the fence and will then assess the cost against the bankrupt property owners.

Until the fence is up a police officer will be on the site to keep people from wondering through the hazardous property.

Last weekend’s blaze was the second time the warehouse had caught fire. In a 2012 study, Metro Waste Authority determined it would cost more than $400,000 dollars to haul away and dispose of everything inside before the second fire consumed it.

The City says they plan to demolish the facility in the near future.


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