Friday, January 24, 2014

Oklahoma Center Fire in Eldersburg

The first thing I learned this morning was that the Oklahoma Center in Eldersburg caught fire last night and damaged all units.  The center is most notable for Pap-Pap's, which closed earlier last year when the owner became ill.

Other stores in the center are Habib Kabob's \ Bagel Cafe and Jin's Asian Bistro, and the former Virginia's Rose Consignment shop.  The strip mall is owned by CMI Management in Manchester.  From the Maryland Property Database, it appears that the mall was constructed in 1985 by Slacks Acres, Inc.

The Oklahoma Center just renovated the entire building in 2010 (I think).  Sadly, the building is in bad shape now after the 2-alarm fire.  Liberty Road was shut down during the fire as fire fighters got the blaze under control and later investigated the fire.  There were plenty of footprints in the snow on the other side of Liberty Road at Carrolltown Center, most likely from people stopping to watch the action.

Reports indicate that the fire started in a void above Jin's Asian Bistro and was an electrical fire.  I'm sure we'll hear more soon enough.

I know that ReMax used to reside in the mall as well as Thai Classic.  Does anyone remember what other stores have been there?


Matt said...

Marty's Oriole Mart was before bagel cafe. Used to buy football and baseball cards there

Brewtime said...

I saw aon Habibs and Bagel Cafe FB page they announced today they have decided not to reopen. Is a sad day since it was one of our families favorite places to eat in town.

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