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4 dead at 2 homes in small Nebraska town, officials say

4 dead found in 2 houses in small town in Nebraska


Four people were found dead Thursday in two separate homes in a northeastern Nebraska town, and authorities said a fire broke out 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 crews found one 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 items while extinguishing the blaze, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. Investigators are still processing the second scene. “This is a small, safe community, we’re not sure if they knew each other, but everybody knows everybody in that community,” said Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda. “If people see anything unusual, call the state patrol.” The 4 were found dead at two separate crime scenes about five blocks apart in Laurel, Nebraska, home to fewer than 1,000 people and about 100 northwest of Omaha. Shortly after the second fire, a silver sedan, reportedly driven by a black man, was seen leaving Laurel and may have picked up a passenger before leaving town, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. injuries. The Nebraska State Patrol said they are looking for security camera footage that may help the investigation. The state patrol is investigating whether the two fires are related, Thomas told sister station KETV.

Four people were found dead Thursday in two homes in a small community in northeast Nebraska, and schools and most businesses went into lockdown as a precaution at the recommendation of police, officials said.

Cody Thomas, a spokesman for the Nebraska State Patrol, said he did not know how many people were found dead or how they died, but that the fire “involved” both homes. He said state investigators were headed to Laurel and will likely take the lead in investigating what happened.

Most businesses, a senior center and schools went into voluntary lockdown at the recommendation of police, said Lori Hansen, office assistant at Laurel City Hall. He said he had no other information about what was happening at the police scenes.

“We listened to the TV to try to find out what was going on,” he said.

A woman who answered the phone at the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office said she had no information about the deaths and was the only person at the office.

Laurel is home to less than 1,000 people and is located about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.

The patrol plans to hold a press conference later Thursday to discuss its findings.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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