Howard County firefighters responded to a fire yesterday morning in a Jessup truck stop motel and found evidence of two others -- all apparently the work of an arsonist.
Firefighters were dispatched about 9 a.m. to the motel at the TA Baltimore South truck plaza in the 7400 block of Assateague Road and discovered that a sprinkler system had extinguished a fire in the trash room on the third floor.
They also found that two fires in the ceiling of the fifth floor had burned themselves out.
Damage was estimated at $3,000, mostly from water.
The state fire marshal's office ruled it arson and asked anyone with information to call investigators at 410-875-5450.