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3-year-old in critical condition after 'suspicious fire' in Rolesville

Posted December 11, 2015
Updated December 13, 2015

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— 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 fireā€”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."

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  • Catherine Bearden Dec 14, 2015
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    Good Lord--such speculation with no information beyond what is in this report, which is pretty much nothing.

  • BigWillie Johnson Dec 14, 2015
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    A lot of people are making wild accusations without knowing the facts.

  • Gabrielle Williams Dec 14, 2015
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    something in this article is screaming that the husband did it.

  • Barbara Bono Dec 14, 2015
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    It says right in WRAL's article his name is Derek.

  • Roscoe P Coltrane Dec 13, 2015
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    Why is there still no REAL mention of the husband/father, in WRAL's story? ABC11 reports that "the wife and husband own a business and said the husband was at work at the time." The husband's name has not even been mentioned, on either site. I'm just saying that it is strange.

  • Sara Hauser Dec 12, 2015
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    WTVD is reporting a gas can was found inside the house.

  • Anita Gibson Dec 12, 2015
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    It still could be post partum...if left untreated it turns into psychosis and that's when they turn homicidal. Hope they can determine what happened.

  • jeffnnc Dec 12, 2015

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    I guess I should say just depression since postpartum depression is generally considered to be only the first year. I hope this turns out to not be the case and it turns out to just be a terrible accident.

  • jeffnnc Dec 12, 2015

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    Another local news site says he was at work. Sadly this could be a case of post-partum depression. Not claiming that as fact since there hasn't been very many details.

  • Sara Hauser Dec 12, 2015
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    There has been no mention of spouse's whereabouts . He was very likely at work but seems odd no mention since they specifically said 6 year old was at school.

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