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Cleanup and investigation begins after downtown Des Moines fire

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After a massive fire destroyed an eight-story building downtown Des Moines, cleanup efforts began.

WHO reported that on Sunday, March 30, 2014 public works crews began cleaning the debris that had fallen from the old Younkers building downtown.

The fire started around 1 a.m. Saturday, March 29. Surrounding buildings sustained heat damage.

A team of investigators was working to determine if the building was structurally sound. The group consisted of experts in fields of structural engineering, chemistry, safety, and fire investigators, according to Brian O’Keefe with the Des Moines Fire Department.

That group was working to determine the cause of the fire.

WHO reported that Glenn Lyon, the President and CEO of the Downtown Community Alliance, said he expects a new project to come about out of the lost 120-unit building.

“With a building boom on right now there will be a lot of interest on doing something on the site, I expect in the next year or so you`ll see a project emerge,” says Lyon.

Fire crews were reportedly still on site Sunday afternoon ready to deal with any hot spots that may arise.