Crime: Four Mysterious Deaths at Two Homes Rock Tiny Nebraska Town

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The tiny town of Laurel, Nebraska, was rocked by four deaths at two separate homes Thursday, with residents reporting smoke and a potential explosion in the area.

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A death toll has not been released by the Nebraska State Patrol, which is leading the investigation. Reached by phone, a spokesperson for the agency said that fire was involved in both incidents, but other details would be released during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

The Lincoln Journal-Star reported that people in hazmat suits were surrounding one of the homes involved.

Doug Furlich posted on Facebook that he heard an explosion around 3 a.m. Thursday and looked outside. There, he saw smoke billowing from a home two blocks away.

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Furlich said he went to do his own investigating but was stopped by responding authorities. Soon after, he posted that he saw more smoke, this time from a house two blocks south of him.

“Ok, this is strange as hell,” posted Furlich. “Just now there is smoke coming from a place two blocks north of me!!! Just dispatched rescue there as well.”

Laurel, which has a population of 974, is located about 100 miles northwest of Omaha. With only a volunteer firefighting force and a single full-time police officer, according to its website, it relies on nearby agencies for assistance.

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