Officials to comb through fire-ravaged Maryland home; several feared dead

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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 day after a four-alarm fire tore through a large Maryland house, a team of local and federal officials are set to comb through debris as worries mount that several people may have been killed. 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. A team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will help investigate the scene, said Owen McEvoy, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County. “It’s just going to take more time. — 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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. 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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