MD - Tech tycoon's Annapolis mansion destroyed by fire and 6 missing

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  1. Lamima

    Lamima Member

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...terfront-mansion-destroyed-enormous-fire.html

    "Technology tycoon and his family unaccounted for as his $9million mansion on Annapolis waterfront is destroyed by enormous fire

    Picturesque property near Chesapeake Bay engulfed by flames in the early hours of Monday morning
    Belonged to Don Pyle, who is a former CEO of several large tech companies
    Unconfirmed reports that Pyle, wife Sandra and four grandchildren were home - they have yet to be accounted for
    Eighty-five firefighters sent to battle the 3:30am fire that ruined home
    16,000sq ft address has two swimming pools and private courtyard
    Huge home, built in 2005, is estimated to be worth $9million"


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...on-destroyed-enormous-fire.html#ixzz3PKEgwHSy
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  3. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    so sad that the 4 grandchildren were lost. Sorry for all of them, but the grandchildren break my heart. :rose: :rose::rose: :rose::rose: :rose:
     
  4. nycgrl

    nycgrl New Member

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    Appears to be arson. Doesn't look good for the family.
     
  5. lucky181

    lucky181 New Member

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    http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/6-Missing-As-Mansion-Goes-Up-In-Flames-289089581.html?ref=581

    http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/...outside-of-annapolis-20150119,0,1919234.story
     
  6. LietKynes

    LietKynes Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for starting this thread, Lamima. Read about it earlier on DM and was wondering why (if it started last night) they haven't found anyone (or bodies :( ) yet ?

    Several possibilities : 1 - accident, from faulty wiring or space heater
    2 - Murder-suicide pact (but who the heck does this with their grandkids there ?)
    3 - it was stated there are two adult sons and neither was home ,<modsnip>

    My hope was that everyone was out of town and this was a bad accident. Even if it was just that ; what a sad thing to lose all of your irreplaceable possessions !
    :moo:
     
  7. Lamima

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    4- Could be an insurance fraud situation??? Not my first thought though.

    It's odd that their family is saying they were supposed to be going on vacation but nobody has been able to reach them by cellphone. You'd think a bigwig, like he was, would be always reachable. Plus, don't the parents of the kids know the exact details of said vacation, like when exactly they were going??? Who are the parents of the kids...one or both of the adult male sons living there?
     
  8. Indy Anna

    Indy Anna Well-Known Member

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    <snipped>

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...rns-ground-search-occupants-article-1.2084050

    IMO, for the home to burn so out-of-control, it would have to be arson. A newer building such as this must have had a sprinkler system.

    I'm thinking someone thought the family had already left on vacation. Maybe some burglars sneaked inside only to be surprised by the inhabitants.

    The two bangs reported by neighbors in Post #4 .... could they have been gunshots?

    I'm also thinking of the possibility of electrical equipment exploding. Would an electrical fire be harder to contain than other sources of fire?
     
  9. anya

    anya wait what?

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    Not sure why exactly but this whole incident really creeps me out, especially because of the four grand kids reportedly being inside the house. If it is in fact arson, which it seriously sounds like (to me) considering the the speed and voracity of which the fire appears to have spread throughout despite the enormous size of the house, then the fact that not only adults but kids were inside is a special kind of sinister. It almost appears like a revenge type thing. That, and/or money.
    JMO, IMHO.


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  10. Mrs G Norris

    Mrs G Norris #JeSuisUrsa

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    It could possibly be a murder suicide, the size of the house, for it to go up in it's entirety it would have had to be doused throughout in petrol or similar. The house is nearly completely isolated, unless there were murders and then the house lit on fire to destroy evidence?
     
  11. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    I dont think it was insurance fraud because why kill 4 innocent kids for that? It would have to be something much more vengeful.

    I don't think murder suicide either. It would have to be one of the GParents---and why take your 4 grand babies with you? Usually parers take their kids because they don't want them to fend for themselves. I can't see any motive to burn ones grand babies to death. :cry:

    Which is also why I don't think it was for the inheritance. Why would one of the grown children take out 4 innocent grandkids? They wouldn't need to do that to still receive the death benefits.
     
  12. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I heard earlier this morning on the news that there was no access to fire hydrants in the area.
     
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    Snoods Active Member

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  14. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    So heartbreaking. Surrounded by water on three sides and they die in a fire. So awful.
     
  15. lucky181

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    per the video and article:
    Specialty ATF people are flying in from around the country to investigate. They should be able to start on Wed. The local authorities asked for ATF's help.
    Isolated area with no fire hydrants so they brought in water tankers and used water from the nearby body of water
    Firefighters did try to go in the house: high heat, floor collapsing and failure of the roof structure prevented it.

    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/01/4-alarm-fire-engulfs-home-in-annapolis-md--110678.html

    I'm sure they want to get all the correct information (cause of fire, point of origin) so it's good that the ATF are going to help. I wonder if there is some suspicion of foul play even if it isn't mentioned.
     
  16. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Wow, how awful! Could it have been a gas explosion? It just seems so unlikely that all 6 would perish in a house that I would imagine had smoke detectors! You'd think at least a couple would have been able to get out unless it was an explosion, or they were all murdered before the fire was set.
     
  18. keeponsearching

    keeponsearching The mighty Oak was once a little nut that stood it

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    How tragic. I agree with others you would think the alarm would give some a chance to move out unless it was a explosion.
     
  19. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    FYI....Daily Mail has now revised the above link to describe the fire as "suspicious"

    "It came as criminal investigators pored over the ruins of the house for any signs the blaze could have been arson. Specialists with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives now say the fire is 'suspicious' - partly because of how quickly it ravaged the home."
     
  20. jjenny

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    And a mansion that expensive should have had multiple fire alarms, etc.
     
  21. prallypie

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    The Daily Mail article does state that two adult sons live there too, but I'm guessing either weren't home or got out of the home in time as they aren't among the missing. Ugh.
     

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