A space heater and an electrical problem caused two fires that damaged homes in Aberdeen and Edgewood, the State Fire Marshal's Office reported.
The electrical malfunction caused the fire at a one-story house in the 500 block of Paradise Road in Aberdeen, reported around 6 p.m. Friday, according to a Fire Marshal's Office's notice of investigation.
No one was home at the time, except a dog that was rescued by a neighbor who broke the front-door window.
The fire caused a total of $40,000 in damage to the structure and contents.
Forty firefighters from Aberdeen, APG and Level fire companies spent about 20 minutes controlling the blaze, which was discovered by a passerby.