The Chief Operating Officer of a Reston cybersecurity firm and his family are among the missing people after a four-alarm fire at his Anne Arundel County home on Monday morning.
Firefighters responded to a 3:30 a.m. alarm at the 16,000-square-foot home on Childs Point Road in Annapolis, The Washington Post reported. It took 85 firefighters several hours to control the blaze.
The $6.2 million home was purchased by Donald and Sandra Pyle in 2005, the Post reported that property records show.
Donald Pyle was hired last fall as chief operating officer at ScienceLogic, a Reston-based cybersecurity company that monitors networks for private and government clients, including the Department of Defense.
The family of six was still unaccounted for Monday evening, investigators said. Pyle was believed to have been at home with his wife and four grandchildren, WJLA reported.
Yama Habibzai, a spokesman for ScienceLogic, which is located at 10700 Parkridge Blvd. in Reston, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that there was a fire at Pyle’s home early Monday and the case is under investigation. He said the company had no further comment.
By Monday evening, crews had to suspend the search, The Baltimore Sun reported. Crews will return to the scene Tuesday with special equipment.
The Sun also reported that fire officials said there is a chance Pyle and his family may be out of town, however they have gotten no response when trying to reach them via cell phone.
Photo: Firefighters at blaze at home of Reston-based ScienceLogic CEO Donald Pyle/Credit: AP /Capital Gazette, Glenn A. Miller