Fa­tal fire vic­tims ID’d

Man, son died in Oct. 17 blaze



— The Mary­land State Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice in Baltimore has pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied two bod­ies found after a rag­ing fire de­stroyed a house last month, fire of­fi­cials re­ported Thurs­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied Wil­liam R. Pyle, 73, and his son, Christo­pher Ron­ald Pyle, 44, as the two men killed in the night­time blaze in the 100 block of Deaver Road, near Mar­ley Road, on Oct. 17, ac­cord­ing to Deputy State Fire Mar­shal Howard F. Ewing.

The of­fi­cial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion comes some two weeks after obit­u­ar­ies for Pyle and his son ap­peared in the Ce­cil Whig. Ewing ex­plained that the vic­tims’ sur­viv­ing fam­ily mem­bers had made ar­range­ments to pub­lish the obit­u­ar­ies and, at that point, state pathol­o­gists had yet to make pos­i­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tions.

De­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion to de­ter­mine the “cause and ori­gin” of the blaze, fire of­fi­cials re­ported.

“We have con­ducted all of our in­ter­views at this point and now we are re­view­ing our facts,” Ewing said.


The emer­gency call came about 9:20 p.m. on Oct. 17.

“There was heavy fire in the base­ment and on the first floor, and there was fire through the roof in the back of the house,” out­lined Chief Tim Poore of the Singerly Vol­un­teer Fire Co. of Elk­ton, which served as the on-scene com­mand unit.

The first wave of fire­fight­ers that ar­rived learned that two peo­ple lived in that house, Pyle and his son, and that they were “un­ac­counted for,” fire of­fi­cials re­ported.

Ap­prox­i­mately 50 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers bat­tled the blaze, ac­cord­ing to Poore. An at­tached back deck col­lapsed as fire­fight­ers bat­tled the blaze, but it “did not af­fect the op­er­a­tion,” he noted.

It took fire­fight­ers ap­prox­i­mately three hours to bring the blaze un­der con­trol, ac­cord­ing to MSFMO of­fi­cials, who re­ported Thurs­day that the fire caused ap­prox­i­mately $350,000 in dam­age to the house and its con­tents.

“Two de­ceased vic­tims were lo­cated in­side the struc­ture,” Ewing re­ported a day after the fire. “Dur­ing the course of the fire sup­pres­sion ac­tiv­i­ties, one vic­tim was dis­cov­ered de­ceased. A se­cond vic­tim was re­cov­ered de­ceased sev­eral hours after the fire had been ex­tin­guished dur­ing the fire scene ex­am­i­na­tion by State Fire Mar­shals.”

In the obit­u­ary for Wil­liam R. Pyle, known by his friends and loved ones as “Ronny,” he is re­mem­bered as “a skilled gen­eral con­trac­tor who spe­cial­ized in res­i­den­tial ad­di­tions (and) was known for his strong work ethic and his abil­ity to cre­ate and build any­thing.”

Pyle also is re­mem­bered as past mem­ber of the Chris­tiana (Del.) Vol­un­teer Fire Co., and as an avid hunter who also en­joyed play­ing soft­ball.

“Above all else,” his obit­u­ary reads, “he will be re­mem­bered as a de­voted fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, who was al­ways present for his loved ones.”

His son, Christo­pher Ron­ald Pyle, worked in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try for a num­ber of years and was self-em­ployed, ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary.

“Chris adored his chil­dren and was ac­tively in­volved in their lives. He en­joyed play­ing soft­ball and spend­ing time with his friends in his spare time,” his obit­u­ary reads.

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