The fire that killed two people and injured a third at a home in Rolesville’s Heritage subdivision on Friday morning was “suspicious,” according to the town’s police chief, Bobby W. Langston II.
The fire killed a woman and a 3-year-old child, Langston said in a Friday afternoon news conference. Another 3-year-old was taken to the burn center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, but Langston said his condition was unknown Friday.
A 6-year-old child in the family had left for school when the fire was reported about 7:50 a.m., Langston said.
He did not release the names of those involved. According to Wake County property records, the home, at 6205 Roles Saddle Drive, is owned by Derek S. and Kristy M. Bryan.
Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest said on its Facebook page Friday afternoon that Kristy Bryan and one of her twin boys were killed.
The Facebook post read: “Dear Creek family, this morning, a fire at the Rolesville home of Derek and Kristy Bryan claimed the life of Kristy and one of their three-year-old twin boys. The Bryans have been attending the Creek since 2009. This is a tragic loss for so many, including our church family. Please be in prayer for the Bryan family, their friends, and their neighbors as we come alongside them with the love of Jesus during this very difficult time.”
Damage to the two-story home was not visible Friday afternoon from where police tape blocked access to the cul-de-sac. An American flag hung near the home’s two-car garage.
The neighborhood has rows of neatly kept lawns and large homes. Veronica Alston, who lives about a block away from the where the fire occurred, said she didn’t know the family who lived there but had seen them in the neighborhood.
It’s common for families to walk around the area, waving and saying hello to neighbors, Alston said. Neighbors are already talking about what they can do to help the family.
Whatever (they) need, we’re just pulling together.
Veronica Alston, neighbor
“Whatever (they) need, we’re just pulling together,” Alston said.
The family’s 6-year-old daughter attends Thales Academy in Wake Forest, part of a chain of private schools, said Timothy Hall, director of academics. He said counselors would be available at the school Monday as needed.
According to their profiles on the networking site LinkedIn, Derek and Kristy Bryan both attended Old Dominion University in Virginia.
Derek Bryan is listed as the president of Ingenia Services, a Wake Forest company that provides engineering and management services to the U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies. Kristy Bryan is listed as the company’s vice president of communications.
Investigators on Friday provided no other information about why they are calling the fire suspicious.
Two people called 911 and said they saw smoke coming from the house, Langston said. When police and firefighters arrived, they forced their way inside.
Langston said the Rolesville Police Department is leading the investigation with help from the Wake County fire marshal’s office, the State Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.