HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Crews battled a heavy fire in a warehouse building that used to help people find jobs in Connecticut.

Deputy fire chief Alvaro Cucuta of the Hartford Fire Department told Channel 3 that all hands were on the scene at 225 Ledyard St.

However, the building was destroyed.

"I don't think we an salvage anything because it's a lot of water damage and the fire is all over," said Amarillys Castro, Pastor. 

Units were dispatched just before 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Cucuta said the building that was on fire at the Ledyard Street address was located behind, and owned by, the New Beginning Church on Wethersfield Avenue.

Officials said the warehouse also housed office space for the church.

The church said it used it as an employment center and food pantry.

Church members from "Nuevo Comienzo" help the homeless community on Wethersfield Avenue with food and winter coats. 

"People come from shelters and get out from jail. They''re trying to find an opportunity and sit down with them one on one," said Castro. 

Its youth pastor said they will rebuild.

"Hopefully we can do this as quick as possible," said pastor Eli Ortiz, New Beginning Church. "Hopefully we can just get everything together and be back on our feet to keep working with Hartford."

Besides the loss of computers, the pastor says they had a collection of coats and children's toys for the holidays.

"We are going to try and not to stop because w have this section of the building and this season in December, January, and they're outside and they need coats and clothes and we have it so we're trying to help them," Castro said 

Cucuta said at one point, the firefighters had to evacuate and went on the defensive to extinguish the fire from the outside of the building.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.

No one as inside at the time and no injuries were reported.

If you would like to donate computers, food, clothing or toys, you can call the church at 860-967-7820 or click here

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