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Investigators cannot determine cause of Younkers fire

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Federal officials say they cannot determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic downtown Des Moines building last year.

A 36-page report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives states the origin of the fire at the former Younkers building in March 2014 is "undetermined." It says damage from the fire prevented a more extensive examination.

The report also says embers left behind from work done at the site before the fire cannot be ruled out.

The early morning fire destroyed most of the building, which was being renovated into apartments. A neighboring business affected by the fire later filed a lawsuit that claimed the construction company and building's owners failed to take precautions that could have prevented the fire.

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