CANTON — A fire Wednesday killed a dog and damaged eight apartments near downtown Canton, according to authorities.

The blaze began about 9 a.m. at 370 Howard Place, according to a Canton Fire Department news release. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames emanating from four apartments on the top story of the two-floor building.

The apartment where the fire began sustained significant damage, the release stated. That is where the dead dog was found.

The apartment on the floor below the fire source sustained water damage, said Clark Evans, a Canton-department lieutenant. Smoke damaged all eight apartments, according to the release.

Residents of two apartments made it outside safely, the release stated. Nobody was in the others at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Damage was estimated at $100,000, according to Evans, who said the building was not a total loss. The cause still was being investigated.

Firefighters from the Buckheart, Cuba and Farmington departments assisted their Canton comrades, the release stated. The Canton Police Department also assisted.