Fatal Fire Investigation in Chillum

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause and origin of a residential fire that resulted in the death of 55-year-old Norman Rogers of Hyattsville.

On Sunday May 17th at approximately 5:28 am, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS units were dispatched to the 5900 block of Riggs Road in Chillum for a house fire with a person trapped. Within two minutes and twenty-eight seconds, crews arrived on scene and found a two-story single-family home with fire showing from the basement and first floor of the house. Crews immediately launched a search for occupants while working to extinguish the fire. Firefighters rescued Rogers from a second floor bedroom and transported him to an area hospital. Despite all life-saving measures, Rogers was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The cause and manner of death will be determined by a medical autopsy which is pending.

The home had a working smoke alarm and two other adult occupants self-evacuated. The fire was extinguished. No firefighters were injured. Property damage was estimated at 50k.

The Prince George’s County Fire Investigations Division and the Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit are conducting a joint investigation. If you have information about this case, please contact Fire Investigators at 301-77-ARSON (301-772-7766.)