Woman Who Lost 6 Relatives in Annapolis Mansion Fire Becomes Advocate - NBC4 Washington

Woman Who Lost 6 Relatives in Annapolis Mansion Fire Becomes Advocate



    Woman Warns of Christmas Tree Dangers After Family Tragedy

    A local woman has made it her mission to educate people about holiday safety hazards, especially those related to Christmas trees. Sher Grogg lost her brother, sister-in-law and their four grandchildren to a fire in Annapolis in Jan. 2015. "It's changed all of our lives. For me, I've found my voice in advocacy," she said. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016)

    A woman who lost six family members in an Annapolis house fire has become a fire safety advocate.  

    Sher Grogg lost her brother, Don Pyle, in a January 2015 house fire. Pyle's wife, Sandy, and four grandchildren ranging in ages from 6 to 8 were also killed.

    "I will carry that cold, dark day with me always. The hole in my heart is everlasting,'' Grogg said in a video for the fire-safety awareness group, Common Voices. 

    A 15-foot, aging and dry Christmas tree fueled the massive mansion fire. Investigators found a "highly localized" melted plug within an electrical outlet in the area where the Christmas tree had been. 

    "Smoke detectors were state-of-the-art and connected to the alarm system. The house was built like a veritable fortress, but no one made it out alive,'' Grogg said, adding that the home didn't have sprinklers. She urged anyone building a new house to include them.

    Common Voices has launched a holiday safety campaign called "Do it For Don'' in memory of Don Pyle.