(CNN) – Six people feared dead after a fire at a Maryland mansion. A couple and their four grandchildren are believed to have been inside the $9 million home when it caught fire.
The house, built to look like a castle, was so big, the fire so intense, that as it burned it pancaked in upon itself. All that material is still smoldering.
“We’re still in fire suppression activities.”
What that means is firefighters haven’t even been able to start looking for the residents of the home believed to have been home when the fire started at about 3AM.
“So far the occupants remain unaccounted for.”
The home belongs to tech executive Don Pyle and his wife Sandra. Firefighters have been told they were home that morning along with 4 grandchildren. Colleagues at his Reston company told us only that Pyle wasn’t at work Monday and they’re hoping for a miracle.
At the fire scene several Pyle family members, clearly grieving, decline comment. Neighbors say they can only hope for the best.
“When they built the castle they had a sense of humor about it. There was a suit of armor in one area. You don’t expect nice good people, bad things to happen to them.”
“You know, you can only pray and hope for the best.”
It took several hours for fire department tanker trucks and a fire boat on a nearby creek to bring the fire under control. That’s because the house was so secluded, there were no fire hydrants around it.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. ATF officials are helping fire investigators because the fire appeared to be suspicious.