December 26, 2011
A two-alarm fire caused serious damage to a motel in Elkridge on Monday night, closing U.S. 1 for hours and drawing fire units from surrounding counties. Jackie Cutler, a spokeswoman for Howard County Fire and Rescue Services, said the blaze broke out just before 9 p.m. in a second-floor section of the White Elk Motel. Occupants evacuated themselves, and there were no fatalities or injuries, she said. Cutler said the cause of the fire was under investigation and that it was too early to give a damage estimate.