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 youth center is requesting the public’s help for donations to help it replenish supplies lost in a Wednesday fire that forced indefinite closure of the facility.

A fire that crews believe was caused by spontaneous combustion broke out at the one.n.ten youth center at Third Street and Weldon Avenue on Wednesday.

Crews did not believe the fire was intentionally set and said it was likely sparked by a “combination of improperly stored rags and batteries mixed with a hot, ventilated room,” according to Phoenix fire Capt. Rob McDade.

No one was injured in the fire.

The center’s scheduled programs resumed on Thursday at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, in the same complex as the youth facility.

The center provides resources and programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths.

“Support services will not skip a beat, and we will do our best to recreate ‘home’ four our youth as quickly as possible,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post. 

The Facebook post said the foundation lost many items in the fire, including supplies and electronic equipment, food, hygiene and personal products, and camping equipment.

Electronics lost include two large flat-screen TV’s, Windows 10 and Mac laptops, an HDMI compatible projector, gaming consoles including a PS4, Xbox 1 and Wii, and an electric piano, among other items.

Miscellaneous items lost included backpacks, bus passes, clothing store gift cards, and personal items such as shampoo, razors, deodorant, and unused socks and underwear. 

The center said it also lost equipment used on camping trips, including new sleeping bags and pads, refillable water bottles and pillows. 

The center also said youths served at the center “love pizza and home-cooked meals,” and said anyone interested in providing dinner as they plan for the delivery of nightly meals should email [email protected].

Youths needing shower facilities are able to go to the Tumbleweed Center while the one.n.ten foundation focuses on finding a new home.

The foundation said it would be accepting donations at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness on Thursday from 12 to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Financial contributions can be made at the foundation’s website.


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