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Vernon fire victims still without a home

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A fire that broke out at an apartment building in Vernon recently had forced three families out of their homes.

The American Red Cross has been helping some of them, but that help is running out, and those who live in that apartment building said they aren't getting much help from the town or the landlord.

For two days one family has been staying at a motel in Vernon, and all they have are the clothes they are wearing.

"She lost all of her stuff," said Jamie Rogers, who is a victim of the fire.

The fire destroyed Rogers' home and two other apartments, and in some way the residents are all lucky to be alive.

The family was sleeping when Bill Rogers heard noises and then started waking everyone up.

"I heard popping, and I got up and checked around the house, and by the time I made it to the bathroom flames were coming through the window," he said.

The American Red Cross has paid for two nights for the family to stay at the hotel, but that is it.

"We are just kind of at a loss at this point, trying to figure out what we are going to do next," said another victim Gaylene Charette.

The victims said the town has told them there isn't much they can do and their landlord won't help them either.

The landlord said he felt bad but that he isn't responsible because they need renters insurance.

One resident, Bernadette Hebert, lost three cats in the fire.

The town has not returned calls from Eyewitness News, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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