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The owner of the burned Younkers building in downtown Des Moines says demolition will begin on part of the structure soon.

The Alexander Company owns the building.

Officials say they are planning to demolish the sixth, seventh and eighth floors of the east building. That’s everything above the arched windows. It’s also the most fire damaged part of the building.

Tuesday, a crane was rolled into place allowing experts to take samples in preparation for demolition.

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The Alexander Company says work could begin this week or early next week.

The historic building went up in flames in the early morning hours of March 29th.