Two people are displaced this morning following a kitchen fire that killed seven cats and a dog.

The fire 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.

More than two dozen firefighters worked to put out the flames in under half an hour. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.