Video: Highrise Fire in Des Moines, Iowa. 8 Story, 114 Y.O. Younkers Building Under Renovation Burns

The 8 story building is well involved. The highrise is 114 years old and under renovation. Early collapse of the scaffolding caused an evacuation of all fire crews. The fire has gone to 3 alarms (which is rare according to fire department spokesman). The firefighters are currently working to protect exposures.


A massive fire burned one of the historic high rise buildings in downtown Des Moines early Saturday morning.

The fire started sometime after midnight at the old Younkers building at Walnut and 7th Street. Part of the interior of the building collapsed during the blaze.

Fire spokesman Brian O’Keefe reports no injuries of civilians or fire person ell. He also says that no fire equipment was damaged, despite a scaffolding collapse and other falling debris and sparks.

About 90% of the city’s fire staff was on scene through the early morning hours to fight this fire.

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