Heart-breaking details on the Annapolis grandparents and four grandchildren in …

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Boone, Pyle Families Remember Missing Relatives.

The family of Don and Sandy Pyle and their four grandchildren, who are believed to have died in a major fire in the couple’s Annapolis mansion, released heart-breaking details Friday morning about them. At their $6 million Annapolis mansion, Don and Sandra Pyle could never do too much for her sons’ kids, transforming the sprawling eight-acre estate into a children’s carnival with water slides, moon bounces and pony rides.Anne Arundel County fire officials said they expect to find two more bodies in the rubble of a 16,000-square-foot Annapolis mansion that burned down in the early hours of Monday morning. The Boone kids — two pairs of siblings, Lexi, 8, and Katie, 7, and Charlotte, 8, and Wes, 6 — went to a sleepover at their grandparents’ $6 million home on Sunday because Monday was a holiday.

Four bodies have been recovered from the rubble so far, and crews are working under the assumption that there are still two individuals unaccounted for, said Capt. They first went to Medieval Times at the Arundel Mills mall, ate dinner and then spent the night at the home of their grandparents, Don, 56, and Sandy, 63. But early Monday morning, an inferno consumed the mansion, bringing down its seven-ton steel beams and reducing to ash a structure the size of seven average single-family houses. Together, they watched knights joust and ate dinner in a banquet setting before heading back to their own castle, as the Pyles’ 16,000-square-foot home was known to neighbors. He loved all his friends and he especially looked forward to seeing his classmates at school every day,” the family said. “He loved trips to the beach with his family.” Eight-year-old Lexi loved her friends from school, field hockey, lacrosse, and ice skating.

They’ve been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for identification. “Don was widely known for his vivacious spirit, thirst for life and love of family,” a statement from the company said. “A philanthropist, avid fisherman and doting grandfather, Don found true happiness when doing for others and surrounded by people he loved.” ScienceLogic, which primarily creates software that enables users to track their computer networks, has several contracts with the federal government. According to a statement released by the family the couple’s grandchildren have been identified as sisters Alexis and Kaitlyn Boone, ages 8 and 7, and siblings Charlotte and Wesley Boone, ages 8 and 6. Her parents say she was kind, compassionate, and loving “Katie’s most recent adventures included her birthday party at the castle with the Ravens cheerleaders and a trip to New York City,” her family said. “For only having just turned 7, she was loving and thoughtful beyond her years.” Don Pyle, an IT exec, and his wife Sandy were fans of the Ravens and the Orioles. Zombies. “In his future,” the family added, “Wes wanted to build robots.” The Boones hinted at their desolation in a joint statement released Thursday, thanking firefighters, expressing gratitude for the outpouring of community support and calling the love for their family “boundless.” The four-alarm blaze was one of the most devastating in Maryland in years, according to Bruce Bouch, the senior deputy state fire marshal whose agency has been helping Anne Arundel County with its investigation. Cheplak echoed the need to comb carefully through the evidence, a process that could take weeks. “Anytime you have a family of six people killed in a home, it’s certainly not commonplace,” he said. “Nobody is taking it as routine.” He would not comment on whether the accelerant dog found anything suspicious, but he did say that cadaver dogs have been instrumental in helping crews pinpoint where to dig for bodies.

Her family described her as being “thoughtful, social, smart and determined.” She had a dog named Sophie and wanted to be a veterinarian when she became an adult and also dreamed of being on TV. “She was going to be famous,” according to her family. In the summer, they boated; in the winter, they took Sandy’s sons on ski trips to Pennsylvania. “I was able to get in on the ground floor in some of the companies that were based in Silicon Valley,” he told The Washington Post in an October interview, after becoming chief operating officer of ScienceLogic, a Northern Virginia computer networking company. Randy, the older of the two boys, eventually followed in Don’s professional footsteps, holding jobs at a pair of companies his stepfather helped run: Netcordia and Infoblox, according to his LinkedIn profile. Two years ago, when the Delaware football team played Navy in Annapolis, the Pyles hosted an event for alumni and school leaders of Don’s alma mater, said his former lacrosse coach, Bob Shillinglaw. She was passionate about rescue dogs and gave generously to several animal welfare groups. “Sandy was incredibly sensitive to the needs of others and generous beyond words,” according to the family.

She also had a deep love for the rescue dogs she took in, feeding them leftover prime rib or — when the family ordered pizza — their own cheeseburgers. They turned their expansive basement into a playroom for sleepovers and took the children on trips to Disney World and Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park.

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