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Expert Team to Investigate Des Moines Fire

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A team of federal experts will investigate the fire that decimated a century-old building in downtown Des Moines this weekend.

Structural experts were evaluating the former Younkers store on Sunday to ensure it will be safe for the team from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe says the ATF team will spend at least a week examining the site.

The ATF team is being brought in because of their expertise and because of the size of the fire.

O'Keefe says there no evidence of a crime at this point, but the cause hasn't been determined.

City workers were cleaning up ash from the fire, but Sunday's strong winds made that work difficult.

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