“The 115-year-old downtown Des Moines building that housed an iconic Younkers department store for decades caught fire early Saturday, and large portions of the structure collapsed.
It appeared that nobody was injured in a rare “three-alarm” fire in Des Moines, but the property damage was staggering.
Flames were pouring from the building’s upper floors by a little after 1 a.m. “Within minutes of our arrival, we had structural failure internally,” Des Moines Fire Department Brian O’Keefe said.
Some segments of the scaffolding at the building, and perhaps parts of the building, had collapsed by 2 a.m. Saturday, witnesses and a fire department official said.
“We have fire from the basement through the roof” Â Full Story Continued….