5 firefighters hurt in downtown Des Moines fire

Fire Deaths Down

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Five firefighters have been treated for injuries they received fighting a fire in a downtown Des Moines building.

Officials say the firefighters’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The fire was reported shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday in the 19-story Equitable Building.

Fire Chief John TeKippe reports that two firefighters were hurt by falling debris, one fell off an 8-foot ladder and two others were treated for heat-related issues.

No other injuries have been reported.

Officials say the fire was contained in a crawl space with electrical wiring and ductwork on the second floor, where most of the damage occurred. Some upper floors received smoke damage.

Firefighters remain at the scene.

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