SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- More than a dozen people are homeless after a house fire tore through an apartment building in Saint John, N.B., on Friday.

A spokesman for the Canadian Red Cross says two of the complex's four units were extensively damaged in the blaze.

The other two units have suffered significant smoke damage and require repair work before occupants can safety return.

Of the 13 residents forced out by the flames, eight are children, ranging in age from one month to 15 years.

The Red Cross says it and the province's Department of Social Development are helping the tenants with emergency lodging, meals and clothing.

No one was injured in the blaze.