OROVILLE, Calif. -

Eight Oroville families will soon be without a place to live after a fire gutted three apartments and rendered five others unlivable late Sunday afternoon.

The fire started at approximately 4:10 p.m. Sunday on a top story floor of a building at The Highlands of Oroville Apartment Homes on Table Mountain Blvd.

The fire spread very quickly according to residents.  

The victims of the fire were taken to a nearby hotel where they will stay courtesy of the American Red Cross for three days. After that they will be on their own.

Among those there is Mirando Pierson, whose apartment caught fire and spread to the others.  She and her three children were not home at the time, adding that there was nothing left inside her home. 

"I don't know what I'm going to do now," said Pierson.  "I'll just keep working and start over."

Cherie Wallis, who lived in the apartment below, couldn't believe what she saw when she got home.

"Oh, My God, my house, my life," is what Walls said she thought when she first saw the fire.

The Oroville Fire Deptartment is investigating the cause of the fire.