ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Horrific tragedy. Hearts are heavy as many remember the victims of a terrible fire at an Annapolis mansion.
So far, five bodies have been recovered in the ruins. Search crews were back on scene Saturday.READ MORE: Road Closures & Parking Restrictions To Expect For The Preakness Stakes
Rick Ritter has the latest on the investigation.
Officials were back out at dawn Saturday morning, searching desperately for that sixth and final victim and any clues to how this tragic fire started.
It’s video many can’t bear to look at–devastating aftermath of a mansion fire that took the life of Don and Sandy Pyle and their four grandchildren when their Annapolis estate burned to the ground early Monday morning.
“It’s just… It hits your heart,” said Eileen Pugh, whose son worked for Don Pyle.
On Friday, investigators pulled one more body from the ruins, totaling five out of six family members.
On Saturday, investigators were back on scene with cadaver and accelerant dogs, searching desperately for the final victim and any possible sign of arson.
“The way that the fire spread, as fast as it was in a house that big, how can you think of anything else but foul play?” said Pugh.READ MORE: With Near-Record Heat On Tap For The Preakness, Be Sure To Stay Cool
Others continue to mourn, recalling glowing memories of the entire family.
“Sandy and Don, they did a lot for the community in this area and a lot for the people down at the beach, too,” said friend Kevin Sasada.
There are new pictures of Don, Sandy and their grandchildren, who all likely died in the traumatic ordeal, including six-year-old Wes, his older sister Charlotte who was 8, and Lexi and Katie, ages 8 and 7.
A group of loving kids–gone far too soon.
“It’s so sad seeing their lives taken away before they really got a chance to get started,” said Michelle Hendley.
Don Pyle was a multimillionaire and a chief operating officer of a tech company called Science Logic. He and Sandy loved the Ravens and Orioles.
Now heavy hearts remain as family and friends pray for answers.
“It’s been tough not knowing, the 100 percent, the closure,” Sasada said.
Officials have not yet identified the fire victims found. The family is asking for privacy as they continue to heal.MORE NEWS: Employee Shot At Owings Mills Pizza Shop
The plan is for the investigation to continue Sunday. It includes local fire investigators and the ATF.