Maryland probe may take days to determine if family died in mansion fire

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Annapolis mansion burning a day later; 6 people still missing.

Firefighters are still unable to enter an Annapolis home destroyed by fire, more than a day after the blaze, because they’re concerned about a possible structural collapse.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.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. 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.

The department is bringing in cranes to move steel beams, and fire crews are working to either brace unstable walls or take down walls that are likely to fall. 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.

The waterfront property is the principal residence of owners Donald and Sandra Pyle, according to information from the state Department of Assessments and Taxation. 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. 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. 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.

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. Russ Davies told the local television station WBAL. “There’s no water supply back here, so anything we’re using to fight the fire, we’ve had to bring to the scene,” Davies said, adding that they used tankers and a fire boat.

Davies said, but cautioned it will be slow going because of pockets of fire still hidden under the rubble. “With the roof and the second floor and first floor collapsed into the basement, it’s created some pockets we can’t reach from the outside,” he told. 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. 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.

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