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A pair of fires leaves two dead, two buildings gutted in Waltham

Fire investigators look at the second floor of an Ash Street home in Waltham Monday mNicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

A pair of fires – one of which left two dead – gutted homes in Waltham this morning as the coldest temperatures in a decade froze the region.

The first, a two-alarm blaze on Ash Street that began shortly after 2 a.m., killed two people. A man died at the scene, while a woman died at a local hospital. Neither of their identities had been released as of noon Monday.

Then, shortly after 8 a.m., another fire swept through a home about a mile away, on School Street. That fire was a four-alarm blaze.

Both fires are under investigation and it was not immediately clear whether the two were connected.

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