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Community left devastated after house explosion

Neighbors jumped into action when they heard the explosion
Posted at 8:10 PM, Dec 09, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — 12/10/20 UPDATE:

Omaha Police say a third person has died as a result of a Tuesday morning house explosion.

Alexander Toledo, 28, the grandson of the homeowner, died Wednesday. He was transferred to the Kansas University Medical Center shortly after the incident.

The homeowner, Theresa Toledo, 73, and her daughter, Angela Miller, 45, both died Tuesday.

RELATED: Owner of home that exploded Tuesday filed for protection order against grandson day before

Original story:

A community is devastated after an explosion left two dead and damaged a number of homes. Tuesday morning's incident took the life of the homeowner, Theresa Toledo and her daughter Angela Miller.

While neighbors didn't know the Toledo family too well, they are still heartbroken.

"I’m very sad. I’m very sad. I said before, it’s surreal, it’s unbelievable, horrific. It happens but you just can’t believe it happens to you or here in your area or your neighborhood," said Melanie Grabowski, a neighbor.

"They’re just neighbors. I wouldn’t say just because no one is 'just.' They’re neighbors, they’re part of this neighborhood, they’re part of this street and I think that’s all. That’s it. I don’t think you have to be friends."

Grabowski and her neighbors jumped into action when they heard the loud boom.

"I didn’t want to let people burn up and not do anything, that’d be horrible. I really didn’t even know what was going on. I just kind of ran over there I didn’t know what happened. It wasn’t like I thought about it that much," Danielle Stroh said.

Grabowski said she didn't even think twice about running towards the flames. It was a natural reaction.

"It’s just a reaction. You want to see if everyone alright and if anyone’s hurt," Grabowski said.

The Omaha community is now rallying around those who have been affected. Mary Lieb's house suffered damage and her coworkers are showing her love and donating money to a GoFundMe page set up on her behalf.

"Mary’s a huge team player for us. When the word started getting around and it really started being publicized parents were reaching out left and right and asking in what ways they could help," Becca Bradely, Lieb's coworker said.

While the community is still in shock, they're sending well wishes.

"I just pray for those people," said Stroh.