Updated Mon, Apr 7, 2014 4:18 pm
The Athens Fire Department was called to the scene of 91 Central Avenue Monday, which is home to "One Timothy House."
Timothy House was formed as a part of Good Works Incorporated in 1984 and is one of the oldest rural homeless shelters in Athens.
At least one resident and several employees were in the home when the fire started.
There were no injuries however the Athens Fire Department says areas of the house suffered severe smoke and heat damage.
Athens firefighters confirmed the fire began in the laundry room.
Senior Firefighter Kevin Kinnaird says they are still investigating the specific cause.
"We got called for a possible structure fire at One Timothy House," Kinnaird said. "We showed up and there was no smoke showing when the truck got here. Upon trying to enter when the truck got here there was a lot of black billowing smoke coming out. So I informed central that the house was full of smoke."
According to Good Works, Timothy House provides 150 to 225 people with an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 nights of shelter each year.