Four people dead after fires at two separate homes in northeast Nebraska town, state patrol suspects foul play

Four people dead after fires at two separate homes in northeast Nebraska town, state patrol suspects foul play

A total of four people were found dead Thursday in two separate homes in a northeast Nebraska town, and authorities said fire was involved at both locations.Around 3 a.m., the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel and fire teams found a person dead inside the home, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. As investigators arrived at the scene, a second fire was reported a few blocks away, authorities said.Three people were found dead in the second residence and fire crews worked to preserve evidence while putting out the fire, according to Nebraska State Patrol. Investigators are still processing the second scene.Fire investigators believe that accelerants may have been used in each of the fires, according to authorities.According to the state patrol, foul play is suspected in the death of the four people at two different crime scenes that are about five blocks apart in Laurel, which is in Cedar County, is home to fewer than 1,000 people and is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha. Officials are waiting on autopsies for cause of death.”This is a tiny, safe community. We aren’t sure if they knew each other, but everyone knows everyone in this community,” Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said. “If people see something out of the ordinary, call the state patrol.”Shortly after the second fire, a silver sedan, reportedly driven by a Black male, was seen leaving Laurel and may have picked up a passenger before leaving town, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.Law enforcement said it’s possible the suspects received burn injuries. The Nebraska State Patrol said they are looking for security cam footage that may aid the investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the state patrol at 402-479-4921.The state patrol is investigating if there’s a connection between the two fires, NSP spokesperson Cody Thomas told KETV NewsWatch 7.

A total of four people were found dead Thursday in two separate homes in a northeast Nebraska town, and authorities said fire was involved at both locations.

Around 3 a.m., the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel and fire teams found a person dead inside the home, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

As investigators arrived at the scene, a second fire was reported a few blocks away, authorities said.

Three people were found dead in the second residence and fire crews worked to preserve evidence while putting out the fire, according to Nebraska State Patrol. Investigators are still processing the second scene.

Fire investigators believe that accelerants may have been used in each of the fires, according to authorities.

According to the state patrol, foul play is suspected in the death of the four people at two different crime scenes that are about five blocks apart in Laurel, which is in Cedar County, is home to fewer than 1,000 people and is about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.

Officials are waiting on autopsies for cause of death.

“This is a tiny, safe community. We aren’t sure if they knew each other, but everyone knows everyone in this community,” Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said. “If people see something out of the ordinary, call the state patrol.”

Shortly after the second fire, a silver sedan, reportedly driven by a Black male, was seen leaving Laurel and may have picked up a passenger before leaving town, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Law enforcement said it’s possible the suspects received burn injuries.

The Nebraska State Patrol said they are looking for security cam footage that may aid the investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the state patrol at 402-479-4921.

The state patrol is investigating if there’s a connection between the two fires, NSP spokesperson Cody Thomas told KETV NewsWatch 7.

Doug Furlich

Image from the scene of multiple fatalities in Laurel, Nebraska.

#people #dead #fires #separate #homes #northeast #Nebraska #town #state #patrol #suspects #foul #play

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.