OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Thursday, the Omaha Fire Department (OFD) provided on a home explosion near the corner of 51st and M streets that killed three people in South Omaha.
As of now, OFD said the cause is currently classified as undetermined and a release of natural gas was discovered in the structure. Several sources of ignition were found within the home which could have led to the explosion and fire. They include "a furnace, pilot light on the water heater, electrical system, etc." Investigators have not determined the cause of gas released in the home but will continue to investigate.
In regards to the Omaha Police Department's investigation efforts, no evidence or indications of criminal activity have been discovered. The deaths of the three people occupying the home at the time of the blast are being classified "as deaths – unknown unless new information or evidence surfaces as the investigation continues."
The people killed in the explosion include:
- The homeowner - 73-year-old Theresa Toledo
- Theresa's daughter - 45-year-old Angela Miller
- Theresa's grandson - Alexander Toledo
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