St. Louis City Alderman Antonio French has been one of the most visible faces in Ferguson, Mo., since the shooting of Michael Brown, and in late August made the decision to open a storefront for his project, #HealSTL.

KSDK reported at the time:

“This is where volunteers will be able to come, where we’ll be organized in planning out next steps,” French said. “And we’re here for the long-haul. It’s not just a couple of weeks or a day, we’re here for the next few months, if not year.”

“We have a lot of folks who want to help and want to do something, and so our role is to help coordinate that, organize it, and to use all this energy we’ve seen these last few weeks and put in a productive way, and a way that we actually create some change.”

French confirmed that the building was indeed on fire.