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.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Harrison Ford hurt in plane crash

harrisonford

The "Star Wars" star was seriously injured when his vintage plane crashed shortly after taking off from an L.A. airport.

in Entertainment

Peeps milk coming to an Easter basket near you

peeps

Because why shouldn't milk taste more like marshmallows?

in Music

Hall & Oates sue cereal maker

hallandoates

The rockers are not amused by a granola company's clever name for its breakfast food.

in Music

Iron Maiden’s future depends on Bruce Dickinson’s cancer treatment

brucedickinson

Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood updated fans on the singer's progress.

in Music

Kurt Cobain’s childhood home up for sale – again

Kurt Cobain

The Nirvana frontman lived in the home up until he was nine, when his parents separated, and then again from age 16 to 20.