STAMFORD - Stamford residents are trying to recover from a fire that killed a pet and damaged their homes.

The fire started around 9 p.m. Friday in a multifamily house on Orange Street. Heavy smoke and flames poured out of a second-floor window. Firefighters called in reinforcements to help battle the flames.

One family said one of their pets died, but several other pets escaped.

The Red Cross is assisting the families.