3-year-old in critical condition after 'suspicious fire' in Rolesville
Posted December 11, 2015
Updated December 13, 2015
Rolesville, N.C. — Rolesville police on Sunday continued to investigate the cause of a house fire on Roles Saddle Drive that claimed two lives Friday morning.
"What we are calling this is a suspicious fire," said Police Chief Bobby W. Langston II.
Two people died in the fire—an adult female and her 3-year-old child. People close to the family said Derek and Kristy Bryan live at the home with their three children.
"We knew when there were seven fire trucks and two ambulance vehicles, we knew it was something bad," said neighbor Mack Adams.
Authorities said the 3-year-old's twin brother was taken to UNC Hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition Sunday evening.
Another child, age 6, lives in the home but had left for school before the fire started at about 8 a.m., Langston said.
He did not detail what prompted investigators to classify the fire as suspicious. The Wake County Fire Marshall's Office, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Bureau of Investigation are assisting with the case.
According to investigators, a gas can was found in the home.
"Absolutely tragic; our church is hurting," said David Sims, senior pastor of Richland Creek Community Church. "The community is hurting and at this time it reminds you to hug your children and your grandchildren."