All too often, vacant building fires are caused by someone without a home, who may have been seeking shelter, and warmth.
"If you're homeless for a long period of time, you see no danger, you just try to get in out of the cold," Says Major James Parrish of Salvation Army.
"It's not the best environment but sometimes it happens and it's purely an accident I mean it just happens," Says Davis.
While there are no suspects, and no cause has been determined for Monday nights fire in downtown Abilene, it has been said that transient activity in the area may have been a factor that night.
"There's a lot of reasons why the choose to live that way, and yet this is a reality that can happen," Says Davis.
Either way, local shelters and ministries say it's a choice many homeless may make without thinking of the consequences they or the building could suffer.
"It's not just the building that you think you would not want to be responsible for something happening, but the person inside. Some of these folks really don't know what to do with themselves," Said Parrish.
The Salvation Army says they have been consistently full, but try not to turn anyone away, especially in colder weather.
As the investigation continues they along with love and care ministries hope to bring awareness to this side of homelessness.
"There are people living lifestyles that we wouldn't dream of..but they're human beings." Said Davis