No injuries reported in downtown Des Moines building fire

January 16, 2020 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No injuries have been reported in a fire Thursday morning that forced people to evacuate a downtown Des Moines building, authorities said.

The blaze began a little before 7:30 a.m. on the third floor of the Capital Square building, which counts The Des Moines Register newspaper among its tenants. Flames and some shattered windows could be seen from the street.

Fire Department spokesman Rick Thomas said most of the flames had been knocked down by a little after 8 a.m. Fire sprinklers checked the blaze until firefighters could begin their work, he told the newspaper.

The fire cause is being investigated.