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DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County deputies and multiple fire agencies responded to a fire at a vacant MidAmerican Service Center on Wednesday night.

The commercial fire was called in around 6:40 p.m. by a truck driver passing by the Service Center located at 4845 NE 22nd Street.

The truck driver told 911 operators that the roof was on fire.

Ankeny, Saylor, Delaware, and Bondurant fire departments responded and put out the fire.

Deputies near the scene told Channel 13 they shut down several streets in the area to be cautious.

Officials said there was no one at the building at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

According to MidAmerican Energy officials, employees were not in the building because it is currently being renovated and those employees were moved to the Altoona office.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa — A recent obesity report is tipping the scales in Iowa. It ranks the state fourth most obese in the nation, sounding the alarm for healthy lifestyle advocates and doctors.

“We’re a society that is heavy but also hyper –  aware of weight,” says Janae Brown, a nurse practitioner with Unity Point Health Clinics.

The reports reveals 36 – percent of adults in Iowa were considered obese in 2017. The percentage is up from just 32 – percent the year before. It’s the steepest jump for obesity in a decade. Obesity related health issues are also the highest they’ve been in Iowa in years. The report points to Iowans from all corners of the  state and socio – economical status who are impacted by the issue.

Health experts say it’s important to keep an eye on the scale but even more so the numbers you can’t see.

“Some people might be 300 pounds and feel like they are doing awesome but what if their cholesterol or blood sugar says otherwise ? Then we have to regroup and find what our new goal is and get down a place where your body feels healthy,” says Brown. She recommends people receive an annual exam to make sure they stay ahead of any weight problems and or weight – related issues.

The report is adding fuel to the fire for the Healthiest State Initiative. It’s plans on putting a greater emphasis on the “Double Up Food Bucks” program this year, which makes it easier for low income Iowans to eat more fresh produce.

“We were fortunate to receive a FDA grant that will support the program for another three years so we are looking at how we can get into additional retailers as well as how can we continue to broaden our scope at farmers markets,” says executive director, Jami Haberl.

Haberl says private donors and federal grants have shelled out roughly $2 million to the program. It’s goal is to reduce the number of obese Iowans by 6 – percent by 2021. The program says it is seeing success in its 5-2-1-0 campaign, which encourages Iowans to daily eat five servings of produce, limit screen time to two hours, take part in one hour of physical activity and to eliminate sugary drinks.

Doctors say for those considering a diet to consult them before doing so.