Maryland Mansion Blaze: Family Members Remain Unaccounted For

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

6 people missing after tech exec’s mansion fire.

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. 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. 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 seven and a half baths.

Firefighters responded to a blaze at the Annapolis, Md., home of tech CEO Don Pyle and his wife, Sandy, on Jan. 19, 2015.(Photo: WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.) ANNAPOLIS, Md. 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. 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. 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 there was a fire at Pyle’s home early Monday and that it’s under investigation.

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. 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.

Because of the intensity of the fire, the size of the house and the failure of the roof and floors, firefighters have been unable to search the structure after it was reduced to its stone framework, Davies said. 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. 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. 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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