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Two house fires in the Chestnut Ridge area began Wednesday afternoon within 1 1/2 miles of each other, heavily damaging the structures.

The first fire, in the unit block of Rises Court, was dispatched at 2:26 p.m. The Hereford Volunteer Fire Co. arrived first and called for a Tanker Strike Team and a second alarm. The fire was called under control at 3:30 p.m.

One civilian and one firefighter patient suffered minor injuries.

The second fire, in the 1800 block of Broadway Rd., was dispatched at 3:59 p.m. Several collapses occurred during the course of this fire. The fire was called under control at 5:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Two men have died in fires since Friday, one in Middle River and another in Parkville.

2600 block E. Putty Hill Ave.

Yesterday, David Meredith Smith, 56, of the 2600 block of E. Putty Hill Ave., Parkville, died of injuries sustained in an apartment fire at the same address.

Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, with careless smoking as the cause.

Baltimore County Fire Department crews were dispatched to this fire at 4:07 p.m. The fire originated in the victim's bedroom -- on the third floor of the garden-style apartment building -- and was mostly contained to that unit.

Fire crews located the victim, administered medical care and transported him to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

10000 block of Crane Lane

Howard Francis Holehan, 67, of the 10000 block of Crane Lane, Middle River, 21220, died January 27 of injuries sustained in a one-alarm fire at his home. Baltimore County Police fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental, caused by careless use of smoking materials.

Fire Department crews responded to the Crane Lane home at about 5:35 p.m. The victim, who is disabled, was declared deceased at the scene. No one else was in the home at the time of the fire.

Revised June 27, 2017