Nebraska authorities investigating possible link between 2 homes

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Nebraska authorities investigating possible link between 2 homes

After four people were found dead at two homes Thursday morning, authorities in a small Nebraska town are investigating a possible link between the crime scenes.

First responders in Laurel, Neb. One body was found about 3 a.m. after an explosion was reported at a residence, said Nebraska State Patrol Col. John Bolduc.

A second house fire was reported about three blocks away at the home. Three others were found dead there, Bolduc said.

He said that fire investigators have determined that accelerants may have been used at both homes, and that foul play is suspected in these deaths.

The identities of the deceased were not released, and it was not clear what the relationship between them is.

By Thursday afternoon, officials had not named any suspects, and they did not have anyone in custody.

Bolduc said autopsies would be conducted to determine how the four people died.

He said that our suspect or suspects may have received burn injuries during these incidents.

The officials did not have anyone in custody and had not named any suspects by Thursday afternoon.

Bolduc said he couldn't say definitively that the crime scenes were connected, but he said it would be a stretch to say there was no connection. Laurel, a city of about 1,000 residents, is located about 130 miles northwest of Omaha.