Last weekend, Des Moines lost a part of its history when the former
Younkers store in Downtown Des Moines caught fire. Most of the building
collapsed due to the intensity of the fire. The building was in process of
being remodeled to become an apartment/retail combo building and was a
cornerstone of the revitalization of Walnut Street.
Nobody is sure of what caused the fire yet, or if what remains of the building will be replaced by a new structure or if what’s left of the existing building can be used to rebuild.
Here are some links to photos of the fire and aftermath: