Apartment fire in Palm Desert kills seven cats, one dog

PALM DESERT,Calif. - Two people found themselves displaced today following a kitchen fire that killed seven cats and a dog and caused $40,000 in damage at a Palm Desert apartment, authorities said.

The fire in the 77400 block of Michigan Drive was reported at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, said Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Mark Annas, adding that 25 firefighters contained the blaze to the kitchen and had it out in 21 minutes.

No one was hurt, but seven cats and a dog were found dead in the unit, he said.

Annas said the fire displaced two adults and caused an estimated $40,000 in damage. It was under investigation.

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