ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The final victim was found in the four-alarm fire that ravaged an Annapolis mansion. Investigators spent the last week scouring the charred rubble.
Christie Ileto has more.
The sixth victim was taken to the medical examiner’s office, along with the five others found last week, for an autopsy and to be identified—but now the investigation focuses solely on how the fire started.
Six people missing; six bodies now found.
Relatives feared tech exec Don Pyle, his wife Sandy and their four grandchildren were inside the once-majestic, 16,000 square foot mansion when it was leveled on the 19th by a raging inferno.
“Once a body is found, it’s a game-changer,” said Jim Goetz.
Goetz is a retired Anne Arundel County firefighter; he explains what agents look at once victims are recovered.
“Everything stops. They have to do a certain investigation from a cause and origin fire to a death investigation,” he said.
Right now, investigators have no indication of where the fire started. The effort is so massive, ATF is on site to help navigate remains while the state’s attorney has to allow access to crews.
“If the investigator leaves the scene, he has to have permission to come back on the property. If the owners aren’t there, they have to have some sort of legal way to come on,” Goetz said.
The how and why of the fire’s origin remains a mystery, something fire investigators are working to uncover over the next couple of days—but for many, there’s closure as the last victim was found.
“It hits your heat and I wanted to do something, so I thought six flowers,” a neighbor said.
Six flowers for six lives lost—and soon, finality as to what happened at 634 Childs Point Road.
At any given time, there have been 50 or more people scouring the home. Crews are even using accelerant-sniffing dogs.