Security Debrief has learned that former DHS colleague Michael Petrucelli and his family have suffered a tragedy last night. The Petrucelli family home caught on fire, with their two-year-old triplets inside. The children are in critical condition at the hospital.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Petrucelli family.
The fire began shortly after 1 p.m. The toddlers were in the house, in the 4800 block of Jamestown Road, with their nanny and their father, identified by neighbors as Michael Petrucelli, a former Homeland Security official. The nanny, who was outside talking to her husband, was the first to see smoke coming from the back of the house, Piringer said. She alerted Petrucelli, who was inside the house, and he tried to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose, Piringer said.
By the time Petrucelli abandoned that effort, racing to call 911 and retrieve the children, flames and smoke had permeated the house. Petrucelli tried to fight his way to the toddlers’ nursery. As firefighters arrived about 1:30, he was running from the two-story brick home, bloodied and covered in soot.