CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The city of Cambridge is raising money to help residents of two apartment buildings who lost everything in a fire.

The fire started in the basement of a building on Hunting Street early Monday morning and then jumped to the building next door on Cambridge Street.

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The fire on Hunting Street early Monday morning. (WBZ-TV)

Everyone escaped safely, but most of them are now starting over with nothing. A total of 22 people in nine units lost their homes, authorities said.

Anyone who can help is asked to donate to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund at

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You can also contribute in person at the finance department in City Hall or mail it to:

Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Finance Dept.
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Sunset Café, a local landmark on the ground floor of the Cambridge Street building, was also destroyed in the fire.

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The cause is still under investigation.