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Cause of Omaha house explosion that killed 3 undetermined

January 7, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investigators have not been able to determine what sparked an explosion and fire that killed three people in December, Omaha fire and police officials said Thursday.

Currently, investigators do not have evidence to show that criminal activity led to the explosion in south Omaha but the investigation will continue, police and fire officials said in a news release.

Natural gas was leaking in the home on Dec. 8 and it could have been ignited by several sources, such as the furnace, electrical system or pilot light, they said.

Theresa Toledo, 73, and Angela Miller, 45, died in the explosion. Toledo’s grandson and Miller’s son, Alexander Toledo, 28, died the next day in a Kansas City hospital.

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Theresa’s partner, Larry Rodriguez, was badly injured.

Douglas County Court records show a judge had granted Theresa Toledo a protection order against her grandson the day before the explosion. She believed he was on meth and was afraid he would start a fire, according to the protection order.