Historic Younkers Building Burns in Downtown Des Moines

Historic Younkers Building Burns in Downtown Des Moines

The alarm went up at 12:50 a.m. Saturday, March 29th for a fire at the historic Younkers Building at 7th and Walnut in downtown Des Moines.  Within minutes the Des Moines Fire Department was on the scene and quickly assessed that additional assistance would be needed and the fire was raised to three-alarm status.  Ninety-percent of the DMFD responded to the fire, as well as units from surrounding suburbs.

Parts of the building collapsed and the fire caused damage to buildings immediately around it, as well as the skywalks attached to the Younkers building.  The building was under construction, with apartments and retail being built into what would become the Flagship Building later this summer when it was set to open.

The area immediately around the building is closed at this time and people are encouraged to stay out of the area.

See the full story from our partner KCCI.   

Photo courtesy of Polk County Assessor.

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