Friday, October 5, 2012

When someone you love dies, you never quite...

Arson probe continues in fatal fire

Bosqueville - When death found the family that lived in the trailer house at 6312 N. 19th Street in Bosqueville on February 16, 2012, a neighbor named Crystal Kerns told newsmen she could hear the mother and children screaming from inside the burning trailer.

She tried to push through and get inside, but the heat drove her back.

A neighbor boy named Bobby Cale crawled through a back door and pulled 3-year-old Kaiden Megginson to safety. Both were injured and required hospitalization, as did 4 firefighters who suffered from burns and smoke inhalation.

The fire that claimed the life of Ashley Dawn Rogers, her daughter Madisyn Marie, 4, and 8-month-old Gage started on a couch in the den at 6:30 p.m. and had the trailer home fully involved by the time firemen responded – four minutes after they were called – at 16:36:41. Within 20 minutes, the fire was under control.

According to the report filed by Assistant Fire Chief Don C. Yeager, the arson investigation to determine what material first began to burn and the source of heat are undetermined. The report notes no hazardous materials such as diesel, propane, gasoline, motor oil or paint.

“Estimated dollar losses and values: Property: $10,000; Contents: $2,000.”

Fire Department administrators are unsatisfied.

A knowledgeable source at the fire department said today that the investigation continues, though Police Detective Rosysky of the Special Crimes Division told newsmen earlier this week that his investigation into the three questionable deaths revealed accidental causes due to the fire.

Ashley Dawn's Facebook page remains, snapshots of her sisters and her friends peering out of cyberspace in happier times of family trips and kids out on a lark.

“Lives in: Waco, TX
“In a relationship
“Born on: March 12, 1984
“Knows: French, Spanish
“Movies: Zombies
“Activities: Finding Love
“Interested in: Finding men
“Relationship status: In a relationship
“Sex: Female
“Mobile phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX
“Address: 6312 N. 19th Waco, TX 76708
“If u love someone give all u can, if u don't get that back get rid of that man!”

There are two sisters depicted, Keri Nicole Schlasman-Cooper and Christina Fuessel, and many friends.

A young lady named Kristi Rodkey noted, “When someone you love dies, you never quite get over it...”

In past months, two veteran lawmen attached to the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Warrants Division worked to round up a group of nearly a dozen suspects charged with engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, some of whom have acquaintances in the same circle of friends.

They both recalled in a Courthouse corridor interview while they waited to testify in another case that one of the men they arrested erupted in denials of any knowledge of the deadly trailer fire when they served the warrant on him.

Said retired Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon: “He got to blabbering, 'Is this about a murder? A fire? I mean, this ain't for murder, is it?' And nobody said anything about a murder. I told him, 'No, it's for fraud or theft or something.' He kept blabbing it out, hollering from the back seat that he didn't have anything to do with it.” Ranger Cawthon is employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division. He is seconded to the Warrants task force.

According to Waco Police Officer Steve Anderson, who is also attached to the Fugitive Warrants squad, “Yeah, he was jicking. He was pretty wound up, kept hollering about a fire or a murder - or something like that.”

He shook his head, amazed.


  1. The really sad part of this whole situation is that Child Protective Services was informed weeks before this fire that these children were in danger and they did nothing to get them out of that house. The babies would still be alive if CPS had done their job. Tommy lost his children because they didn't help him. CPS should be held accountable also.

  2. The real question is WHY was she murdered ? It doesn't make any sense and from what I understand is that it is connected to something much deeper that this young lady was involved in with the same group of people that was being covered up ?...