Posted at: 08/29/2013 11:05 AM
| Updated at: 08/29/2013 6:00 PM
By: WNYT Staff
Police say the fire at the Albany Damien Center started in the basement around 6 a.m. Thursday.
Brian Storey / WNYT
ALBANY - An Albany community center for those coping with HIV and AIDS is looking for a new location after a fire Thursday morning.
The fire started just after 6 a.m. at the Albany Damien Center on 12 South Lake Ave.
The Damien Center has been operating at that location for 15 years and served 400 people last year.
Police say the fire started in the basement. A passerby noticed the blaze and called 911. The cause is under investigation, but authorities say it does not look suspicious.
No one was inside the building at the time.
There's water and smoke damage throughout the building. It's still sound structurally, but most of its contents have been destroyed.
Volunteers at the center say they always rely on donations, but now even more so.
An announcement on the Damian Center's Facebook page says they temporarily be providing services at the First Lutheran Church at 181 Western Ave.