FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — Seven families are without homes after a fire tore through their apartment building on the Spirit Lake reservation in east-central North Dakota, the morning of April 25.

Police and fire officials are still investigating what happened.

During the fire the families were only able to watch as the eight-unit building was reduced to rubble, destroying their possessions.

The Spirit Lake Fire Protection District said the fire is under investigation but did not provide any further details.

The Spirit Lake Housing Corporation has been collecting donations for the families. There's a long list of things they need, including beds, furniture, tables and chairs.

The housing corporation can pick up items from your home or business if you live in the area of the reservation, though it's no longer accepting donations of clothing, as the families have received more than enough already.

In a statement on Facebook, the Spirit Lake Housing Corporation wrote: "it's beautiful to see how people can come together and help people in need."

While the families wait to learn what caused the fire that destroyed their home, they're surrounded with donations from a community that cares.

The Fort Totten Police Department and the Spirit Lake Nation's chair have not yet responded to calls about the investigation.