Three suffer injuries in two fires Neighbors hurt in one; firefighter in the other


A firefighter and two good Samaritans suffered minor injuries in unrelated fires near Westminster Tuesday night and early yesterday, authorities said yesterday.

In the first fire, two neighbors of James C. Dodge Sr. suffered smoke inhalation and back injuries while trying to put out a fire that broke out on a deck and spread to Dodge's dwelling in the 700 block of Ridge Road about 8 p.m., state fire marshals said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to the deck and a rear sun room was estimated at about $25,000.

Jason L. Ruby and an unidentified neighbor were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Ruby was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday. The condition of the other man was not available.

Fire officials were unclear whether Dodge, his wife, Lynn, and their three children were at home when the fire began.

In the fire yesterday, an unidentified firefighter was treated for exhaustion in the 300 block of Leisters Church Road.

The two-alarm fire began in the attic of a three-story brick colonial about 8: 15 a.m., and flames were contained to the second and third floors, fire officials said.

State fire marshals were investigating the cause of the fire and had not determined the amount of damage.

No injuries were reported to the occupants; it was unclear whether anyone was home when the fire broke out.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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