Wake County

Rolesville police continue to investigate ‘suspicious’ deadly fire

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 continue to investigate what they are calling a “suspicious” home fire that killed a mother and son Friday morning and left another son in critical condition.

The Rolesville Police Department, which is leading the investigation, has given few details about the fire, which was reported about 7:50 a.m. Friday at 6205 Roles Saddle Drive in the town’s Heritage neighborhood.

Authorities have not released the names of the victims or said whether a crime occurred. In a statement Sunday, Rolesville Police Chief Bobby W. Langston II said the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make the identifications.

He described the fire as “an isolated event.”

“There are no known threats to the public related to this incident,” Langston said.

In a Facebook post Friday, Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest said Kristy Bryan and one of her 3-year-old twin boys died in the fire. The Bryan family has been attending the church since 2009, according to the post.

Langston said a second child injured in the fire was taken to the burn center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and was in critical but stable condition.

A third child, a 6-year-old girl, was at school at the time of the fire.

Although he did not identify him by name, Langston said the female victim’s husband is cooperating with the investigation.

There has been no indication of a domestic dispute between the couple, said Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles.

According to Wake County property records, the home where the fire occurred is owned by Derek S. and Kristy M. Bryan. They bought the house in 2013.

The family is related to Joe Bryan, a former member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, and his wife, Jennifer. Photos on Kristy Bryan’s Facebook page show her with the couple, calling them “uncle” and “aunt” on several posts.

Joe Bryan could not be reached for comment Monday.

On the Richland Creek Community Church Facebook post, some people from Kristy Bryan’s hometown of Chesapeake, Va., offered condolences.

“Prayers of comfort for Kristy’s and Derek’s church family, as well all the families and friends,” wrote Betty Brinkley Robbins, who described herself as part of the Centerville Baptist Church family in Chesapeake. The post said Kristy Bryan’s parents are “a special part” of Centerville Baptist.

“Kristy was a gifted, talented, treasure of a woman,” Bekah Stoneking posted on Facebook. “I was blessed to sit under her teaching numerous times and I’m rejoicing that tonight, she is whole and with her King! But I still just can’t fathom... my heart goes out to Derek (and the children).”

According to their profiles on the networking site LinkedIn, Derek and Kristy Bryan 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.

“I’ve known this family since 2005 and my heart is breaking,” Nicky Dawn Smith posted on Facebook. “So tragic. Lifting them up in prayer! Kristy I will forever miss you ’till we meet again! I love you!”

Mechelle Hankerson: 919-829-4802, @mechelleh

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