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Rolesville police refer to home where mother and son died as ‘crime scene’

Members of the Rolesville Police Department and Rolesville Fire Department gather near the home at 6205 Roles Saddle Drive in Rolesville on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. A fire Friday morning in the home killed a woman and a 3-year-old child. Another 3-year-old child was taken to the burn center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Police are investigating the fire as “suspicious.”
Members of the Rolesville Police Department and Rolesville Fire Department gather near the home at 6205 Roles Saddle Drive in Rolesville on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. A fire Friday morning in the home killed a woman and a 3-year-old child. Another 3-year-old child was taken to the burn center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Police are investigating the fire as “suspicious.” snagem@newsobserver.com

Police said Tuesday afternoon that they would soon finish their investigative work at a home where a mother and her child were found dead and another son was critically injured in an apparent house fire late last week.

But police chief Bobby W. Langston II and mayor Frank Eagles did not release any new information about the case. Langston said the fire at the home in the Heritage subdivision Friday morning was “suspicious,” but officials have not said what made it so.

In the release Tuesday, town officials referred to the house as a “crime scene” and said police would be finished with it within 24 hours.

“I wish to remind the community that this incident is still being investigated as an isolated event,” Langston said in a statement. “There are no known threats to the public related to this incident.”

The town has declined to release the names of the victims and will wait until their identities have been confirmed by the state medical examiner’s office, Langston said.

Last week, the Facebook page for Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest identified member Kristy Bryan as the woman who died in the fire.

Authorities have not said if Kristy Bryan’s husband, Derek Bryan, was at home at the time of the fire. Without using any names, Langston said Monday that the woman’s husband was cooperating with the investigation.

The couple’s other child, a 6-year-old daughter, was at school when the fire started.

The Bryans are relatives of Joe Bryan, a former Wake County Commissioner.

Mechelle Hankerson: 919-829-4826, @mechelleh

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