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Saturday
Mar292014

Fire Destroys Historic Building in Des Moines

iStock/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- An historic building was destroyed by a major fire in Des Moines, Iowa Friday night.

No injuries were reported.

Des Moines Fire Department spokesperson Brian O'Keefe says 90% of the city's fire staff was at the scene to help fight the blaze, which caused part of the interior of the building to collapse.

According to O'Keefe, usually sprinkler systems help to minimize the flames and then firefighters attack one floor at a time.

"They attempted that on the first response but the crew only made it to the fourth floor and they were picking up heat and flames and so it wasn't a good spot for them to be in,"  O'Keefe said.

The building, which used to be home to the Younkers department store, had been closed and undergoing a $36 million renovation.

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