Younkers fire damages EMC Insurance coverage constructing, will stay open for enterprise

Kevin Hovick, Chief Operating Officer for EMC Insurance coverage, says EMC operations in Des Moines should be open for enterprise Monday right after injury from Younkers constructing fire.

William Petroski, The Register 10:12 a.m. CDT March 29, 2014

EMC Insurance Firms, which has 1,200 employees in downtown Des Moines, sustained smoke and water injury to one particular of its major office buildings early Saturday, but it strategies to be open for organization on Monday, a top business official stated.

EMC’;s Chief Working Officer Kevin Hovick stated a major fire at the downtown Younkers building, which is adjacent to the insurance firm’;s campus, has resulted in the closure on Saturday of EMC’;s downtown offices. These incorporate the east tower at 700 Walnut Street, the west constructing at 717 Mulberry Street and the Hub Tower at 699 Walnut Street.

“No one is permitted into any of the buildings at this time,” Hovick told the Des Moines Register shortly just before 8 a.m. Saturday . “We know there is water and smoke harm to the decrease floors of the east tower, but right now we are not permitted in the creating, and we cannot do an evaluation.”

“At this level, EMC Insurance coverage Companies plan to be open for organization on Monday morning. Staff, agents and other people can check out the EMC internet site for further info,” Hovick explained.

Des Moines fire officials said some of EMC’;s office windows had been broken as a end result of the fire, and there was melting of some of a building’;s exterior. Hovick explained the damage is mainly on the north side of the tower of the 700 Walnut creating, but EMC officials are quite confident the structural integrity of the creating has not been compromised.

He also mentioned there could be some harm to the west side of the Hub Tower.

Fire crews from Des Moines perform to handle a fire at the Younkers building in downtown Des Moines early Saturday morning on March 29, 2014(Photo: Des Moines Fire Division/Unique to the Register)

Crews have presently been contacted to carry out clean up and any other operate essential to handle the harm, Hovick mentioned.

A little group of men and women – fewer than 25 workers – have been on the occupation at EMC’;s downtown campus when the fire was reported shortly ahead of 1 a.m. Saturday, Hovick stated. They had been asked to evacuate. The staff incorporated info technological innovation experts who generally work all night lengthy, a security force and a servicing crew. Hovick said he received a call about 2:45 a.m. from EMC’;s facilities management personnel alerting him to the predicament.

“It is very early. We never even have an first assessment,” Hovick mentioned. “We have 16 branch offices across the country that depend on providers out of our Des Moines office, and we have backup amenities if we have been to shed energy, which we have not.”

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