Annapolis mansion destroyed in fire

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 missing family members may have been in Maryland mansion fire.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Relatives of six family members who remain unaccounted for after a massive fire gutted a waterfront mansion believe they were inside at the time of the blaze, a fire official said Tuesday. According to WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun, a letter from the headmaster at the Severn School — where the children attended — IT executive Don Pyle, his wife Sandy and their four grandchildren perished in the fire at 936 Childs Point Road. “We know who’s unaccounted for,” said Capt. Russ Davies, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, told The Associated Press. “If you look at the damage, you know, it would not be a stretch to think that if there were occupants that they did not survive the fire.” Davies has declined to say exactly who they were.

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. Previously he had said the occupants might have been out of town, but he later disclosed: “After interviews with the family, it has been determined that six members of the family are not accounted for.” The fire, which began around 3:30 a.m. On Tuesday, federal fire investigators were expected to arrive after first light, seeking a cause for the flames that gutted the 16,000-square foot home with seven bedrooms and 7 1/2 baths. 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. Monday morning, quickly ripped through the 16,000 square-foot home damaging floors and floors so quickly, it was impossible for firefighters to conduct a search safely Monday.

Property records indicate that cybersecurity executive Donald Pyle and his wife Sandra lived in the home that sits on eight acres and was assessed at more than $6.6 million. The structure also was unstable and tens of thousands of gallons of water needed to be pumped out of the basement before the search begins, Davies said. 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. Crews have not been able to search the entire house because they spent much of Monday dealing with “flare ups” from the blaze, fire officials 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. He switched to information technology after college, he said, because “I was looking for an industry that was in its infancy and something that would have growth potential.”

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