Developer talks about fire at former Younkers store in Des Moines

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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Representatives for a company overseeing redevelopment of a historic downtown Des Moines building destroyed in a fire have made their first public statements.

Tony Garcia, Hansen Co. vice president, said construction crews at the former Younkers building were doing “hot work” Friday that could generate sparks. He said the work was carefully monitored and completed hours before the fire started early Saturday.

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