Fire Rips Through IT Exec’s Annapolis Mansion, 6 Remain Missing

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 people missing after tech exec’s mansion fire.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Six members of a family were unaccounted for after a fierce fire reduced a multimillion-dollar waterfront mansion near Maryland’s capital to a scorched stone framework.An American entrepreneur and five members of his family are missing after a fire destroyed their home in the town of Annapolis, capital of the state of Maryland.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ/AP) — Just 24 hours after an Annapolis mansion is destroyed by a fire, reports are surfacing that the six family members unaccounted for were still inside the home when it caught fire.LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Anne Arundel County Fire are battling a four-alarm fire on the 900 block of Childs Point Road, which broke out early Monday morning in Annapolis.

Don Pyle, who in October was appointed chief operating officer of tech company Science Logic, was thought to be inside the house at the time of the fire, with his wife Sandy and four grandchildren. 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 ½ baths. Douglas Lagarde, headmaster of Severn School – which the four grandchildren attended – said in a letter seen by a local newspaper that all six had died. 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.

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. Officials at Pyle’s company, ScienceLogic in Reston, Va.,have told reporters he has not been heard from since the fire and they are hoping for a “miracle.” Firefighters were called to the home at about 3:30 am. Yama Habibzai, a spokesman for ScienceLogic, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press there was a fire at Pyle’s home early Monday and that it’s under investigation. 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.

The ATF will deploy a national “reaction team” including the heavy equipment that will be needed to excavate the destroyed structure and search for bodies. Sandra Pyle was a major contributor to the Maryland SPCA, according to Facebook posts by the organization. “We called it the Castle, and now it’s completely gone,” said neighbor Tom Gay. “The Pyles themselves are great people. 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. “Tomorrow will be the first of many opportunities we, as a School, will provide for our kids to come together, and I emphasize, if they feel the need to,” Lagarde wrote in the letter to parents obtained by The Capital. They had a lot of fundraisers for worthy causes.” It took more than 85 firefighters three-and-a-half hours to get the blaze under control at the 16,000 square foot home.

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