6 missing as fire destroys huge Maryland mansion

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 unaccounted for after IT exec’s mansion burns.

A waterfront mansion in Anne Arundel County was gutted in a four-alarm fire Monday morning, and county police and fire officials are investigating whether the cybersecurity executive who lived there, his wife and four children were inside. Six people remain unaccounted for after a fierce fire gutted a 16,000-square-foot mansion just outside Maryland’s capital early Monday, a fire official said.A massive Annapolis, Md., mansion burned to the ground early Monday, sending authorities sifting through the still-smoking wreckage of the $14 million residence in a desperate search for the home’s owners. The 16,000-square-foot home on Childs Point Road was mostly reduced to rubble after the blaze raged out of control for some four hours after the call first came in at 3:30 a.m., the Capital Gazette reported. Donald Pyle is chief operating officer at ScienceLogic, a Reston-based cybersecurity company that monitors networks for private and government clients, including the Department of Defense.

Russ Davies, a fire department spokesman, told the Gazette. “But we are operating under the premise that there (were) people inside.” While tax records indicate the home is worth $6.2 million, a law firm associated with the company insuring the home pegged its value at $13.9 million, according to the Gazette. ScienceLogic last year announced a partnership with McLean-based L-3 Data Tactics to bring “big data” monitoring to the U.S. intelligence community and government. Online records of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation list Don and Sandra Pyle as owners of the home, which the records say is their principal residence. Yama Habibzai, a spokesman for ScienceLogic, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that there was a fire at Pyle’s home early Monday and the case is under investigation. Some 85 firefighters battled the blaze after it broke out on the second floor of the two story home, which was built in 2005 and boasts seven bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s National Response Task Force, which includes county fire department members, was invited to help identify potential victims because of the size of the blaze. “Nothing leads us to believe this is an arson or incendiary-related fire,” Davies said. Davies said because there was no fire hydrant in the area, firefighters shuttled water tankers to the site and stationed a fire boat at a pier near the property to bring in water.

According to a 2008 story in The Baltimore Sun, the Pyles’ house, which was the site of a charity event, was described as looking like a castle, with mini-turrets, stonework and lion statues.

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