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Time running out for Hartford families left homeless after fire

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Families in Hartford who were left homeless following a fire Monday morning have been left with nothing, and not only is their help running out, so is their time.

Inside a Hartford motel room, clothes are spread out on a bed, some bags and even some toys.

It's all Mariah Fisher and her family have left.

On Monday morning flames ripped through a Capen Street building leaving 21 homeless, including 10 children.

"We have nowhere to go, and we have no one to help us," Fisher said. "We don't have any family because if we did, that's where we'd be."

The Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross and Hartford's Health Department assisted them with temporary housing, but that ends on Friday.

So far, Fisher said she hasn't found a place for her and her family to live.

"My landlord is telling me basically he can't really do anything because he doesn't have any more units to let anyone occupy," she said.

So Fisher and her neighbors, including another single mother who was too upset to talk to Channel 3 Eyewitness News said they're running out of options.

"She works hard to get what she's got for her kids," Hartford resident Dezere Green said. "Now she's left with nothing. No results. Christmas just happened. She worked so hard to get her kids gifts at Christmas and it's done. She has nowhere to go."

While the building is off-limits and residents are homeless, for many of them it's not the first time they were forced out by fire. There was another one in November 2012, and that one was intentionally set.

"It was like 4 a.m.," Fisher said. "They tried to set all the exits on fire. Two of them caught, one of them didn't."

As for Monday's fire, while investigators said they know it started on the third floor, the fire marshal's office said they're still investigating the cause.

"Anyone that could help us, please help us," Fisher pleaded. "We need the help. We need it."

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