Electrical fire ignited Christmas tree in fatal Md. fire
MILLERSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Investigators say an electrical fire spread to a Christmas tree, prompting a massive blaze that reduced a riverfront mansion near Maryland's capital to ruins and killed six people.
Anne Arundel County Fire Department Chief Allan Graves said Wednesday in a statement that the Jan. 19 blaze began when an electrical fire ignited combustible materials that spread to a 15-foot-tall Christmas tree that had been cut more than 60 days earlier.
The overnight fire killed an Annapolis couple and four of their young grandchildren, who were spending the night.
Investigators have recovered six bodies from the rubble. Authorities identified the dead Wednesday as tech executive Don Pyle; his wife, Sandra; and three granddaughters and a grandson.