Proprietor of South Omaha Home, which blew up the safety order
The owner of the house, which exploded Tuesday morning in South Omaha, killing two people and seriously injuring two others, had filed a protection order against her grandson the day before.
Commenting on concerns for her own safety, Theresa Toledo “feared he would set my house on fire” and filed a domestic abuse order against her 27-year-old grandson, Alexander Toledo, in Douglas County District Court on Monday Distance from the property.
In the report, Theresa Toledo says that her grandson used meth and mushrooms, that he is talking to himself, and that he can hear his late stepfather in his head.
“I need Alex out of my house now before he destroys my house or harms me,” she wrote on the file. “The drugs drive him crazy.”
She also said he accompanied her on a visit to North Platte to see her elderly mother in June using her car to steal an iPad from a Walmart location there.
The Omaha Fire Department confirmed Tuesday afternoon that two people were killed when a house exploded near Streets 51st and L hours earlier.
Scott Fitzpatrick, chief of the OFD battalion, confirmed in an update at the scene that one person was killed and two other people were seriously injured in the explosion that leveled the house at 4810 S. 51st St. on Tuesday at around 8:15 a.m. were. A second alarm went off at 8:23 a.m. to fight the fire and evacuate the neighborhood.
An OFD press release on Tuesday afternoon confirmed a second death in the explosion.
“I made my way to the Screams and found a man who was very badly burned,” he said. “We couldn’t really touch him, so we took blankets that a van had brought down and wrapped him up as best we could to get him across the street, trying to comfort him as best we could.”
“I’m still thinking about it and I’m still trying to understand everything. I really feel sorry for these people. It’s bad.”
“The house we were called to because of the explosion is a complete loss and was leveled in the explosion,” the OFD press release said.
Two houses next to the house that exploded were also badly damaged in the explosion, he said. A dog was also pulled away from the scene and given oxygen, he said. OFD said in an update on Tuesday afternoon that another dog was found dead at the site of the explosion.
MUD shut down the gas service in the area and OFD evacuated the entire block on both sides, Fitzpatrick said.
The area along L to Homes 51st Street has been cordoned off since the explosion and authorities urged people to stay away from the area.
According to standard protocols, Omaha Police Department is assisting fire investigators in determining the cause of the explosion, Fitzpatrick said.
“This will be a lengthy investigation,” the press release said.
Jeff Mell and his neighbor continued to look through the rubble, listening for other people trapped in the explosion.
“I made my way to the Screams and found a man who was very badly burned,” he said. “We couldn’t really touch him, so we took blankets that a van had brought down and wrapped him up as best we could to get him across the street and tried to comfort him as best we could,” Mell said .
Debris from the explosion spilled across the street. Marianne Distefano could see the consequences from her veranda.
“I was in the other room in my house and heard a loud explosion – I thought it was my basement or something in my house,” she said. “When I got outside, all I saw was that the house was on fire, on fire.”
“It was awfully loud. It sounded like someone had bombed the house – it sounded like someone dropped a bomb, it was so loud, ”said Distefano. “It threw things out of my garage; Rakes and things fell off. “
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