LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The American Red Cross is helping four families left homeless after a fire engulfed their Lewiston apartment building on Saturday.

The Red Cross says they will ensure the families have a safe place to sleep, food and other essentials.

Red Cross Regional Director Justin Burkhardt says the American Red Cross shelters feed and provide emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit MaineRedCross.org or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @ARC_Maine