The Phoenix Fire Department works to put out a fire in the one.n.ten building in Phoenix near Third Street and Weldon Avenue.
Phoenix Fire Department

A Phoenix LGBT foundation has been forced to close its youth center, at least temporarily, after a fire broke out there Wednesday.

While investigators initially believed the fire to be suspicious, fire crews have “no evidence to believe” someone intentionally set fire to the one.n.ten youth center, Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade said.

“They believe it was a combination of improperly stored rags and batteries mixed with a hot, unventilated room that may have led to spontaneous combustion,” McDade said. 

McDade said arriving crews found flames quickly moving through the elevated building  at Third Street and Weldon Avenue.

He said firefighters cut holes in the roof in order to release heat and smoke trapped inside.

No injuries were reported.

Danny Logan, a manager at one.n.ten, did not comment when reached by phone at the foundation’s office on Central Avenue. 

Shortly after the fire, one.n.ten posted a statement to its Facebook page saying its youth center would be closed indefinitely. 


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