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Suspect arrested for arson after Tuesday morning house fire

Two people and two dogs escape
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Posted at 12:20 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 16:12:37-05

OMAHA, NE (KMTV) — 3 p.m. update:

A suspect has been arrested for 1st degree arson in connection with a house fire near 21st and Ohio St on Tuesday morning.

Fire investigators determined the fire was incendiary in nature and the suspect, Audrey Durand, 37, was taken into custody and booked into Douglas County Corrections.

According to Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick, Omaha Police were at this residence several times in the last 24 hours for disturbances between occupants of the home.

Crews put out the fire, which started in a bedroom on the main floor, and all occupants self-rescued prior to Omaha Fire Department's arrival.

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There were concerns a person was still inside a burning house near 21st and Ohio Streets Tuesday morning.

About 20 minutes after the first alarm, however, scanner traffic indicated no victims remained inside.

Two escaped the home before crews arrived, and no one was harmed, according to Batallion Chief Rob McEvoy.

Three cats died, however. Two dogs escaped.

The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m Tuesday morning and was under control within 10 minutes, McEvoy said.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced family.