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No Injuries in Fire at White Elk Motel

Several jurisdictions came to the rescue on Route 1 in Elkridge.

Nobody was injured in a fire at the on Monday night in Elkridge, according to officials.

Smoke streamed from the second story of the motel on Washington Boulevard at Bonnie View Lane, and engines from Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County and Howard County—including from —responded.

At the time of the fire, which began just before 9 p.m., at least one person was inside and evacuated—a person who lived there—said Jackie Cutler, spokeswoman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

“It was a motel and an apartment; one part was hotel and in the other part, there was a resident in the apartment that self-evacuated,” said Cutler.

The person did not need medical attention, said Cutler, and was not displaced since there were other units that had not been impacted at the motel.

The fire was contained to one unit and took approximately 15 minutes to bring under control, according to Cutler.

Washington Boulevard was closed at Old Washington Road to the north and Montgomery Road to the south as emergency vehicles gathered on Route 1 to assist.

More than 60 firefighters were called in because a motel is considered a high-occupancy structure, said Cutler.

She said it was unclear how the fire was reported. “There was a smoke alarm in the building, but they’re not sure if it was activated,” said Cutler. She added that police or a passerby may have called 911.

Cutler said Washington Boulevard would be restricted until about midnight. 

The fire remains under investigation, said Cutler.

This article was updated at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

hank December 27, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Got lucky; this time. I still can't figure out why we don't require the use if EDI's in all hotels AND apartments though. Its situations like this that can kill and with this new technology now available, why not require them in such settings? We use the LightSaver EDI (www.TheLightThatSavesLives.com). Regardless of what type you use, use them people! Bless the firefighters; every one of them, -Cap'n Hank (Ret.)
Paul D December 29, 2011 at 05:05 AM
First, I'm sincerely glad that nobody was injured. That being said, let's talk about this establishment. Here's what was written in the Sun: "The White Elk, which has been in business at 6195 Washington Blvd. since at least the 1950s, is something of a Howard County landmark with its distinctive illuminated sign picturing a white elk. It's the northernmost of a string of inexpensive motels along U.S. 1 in Elkridge and is known for its hourly rentals to couples." Hourly rentals to couples means one primary thing: a place where hookers take their Johns (or vice versa). If this is true, and I suspect that it is based on what I've seen driving by this place, let's hope that establishments like this will disappear and make way for better ones that are an asset to the residents of Elkridge.

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