An Aberdeen motel sustained several thousand dollars in damages during an early morning fire Saturday, authorities said.
The fire was reported by an occupant of the Aberdeen In Town Motel in the 400 block of South Philadelphia Road shortly after 3:15 a.m. Saturday, according to a release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. A total of 25 firefighters from the Aberdeen, Aberdeen Proving Ground and Susquehanna fire companies, as well as members of the Aberdeen Police Department, responded to the two-story building and brought the blaze under control in about 30 minutes.
The fire was ruled accidental in nature, and was traced to combustibles which were placed too close to an electric heater. Damage to the structure was estimated at $10,000 and damages to its contents were estimated at $5,000.
According to the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association, no injuries were reported and approximately 20 residents were displaced; they are being assisted by the motel’s owner.