The impact of Monday’s deadly house explosion in Omaha continues. Omaha Assistant City Planner Jay Davis says they have been assessing the damage to other homes nearby.
The only thing left of the home that exploded at 65th and Sprague Street is the foundation. Davis says, “The homes directly north and south sustained significant damage. They are not livable and we are not allowing anyone to enter those homes currently.”
Davis says houses on either side of those two houses also sustained structural damage and are not livable but residents are allowed to enter to retrieve their property until they can figure out how to re-support and make the structures safe again.
Inspectors have combed through a total of twelve homes. Davis says, “The damage varied from one to another as to the seriousness of the damage as to what happened with all the debris and such. It appears at this point only two houses will have to come down. Beyond that it is the ability to repair unless the insurance companies think it is not.”
Monday morning, 30 year old Clara Bender entered the home for an inspection after a tenant moved out. Last Friday the tenant moved a gas dryer but the gas line had not been properly shut off. Bender was inside the home when the something ignited the gas. Fire inspectors determined the explosion was accidental.