Property in Lincoln where a house used to stand is now being treated as a crime scene.
“We’re looking to conclusively prove or disprove whether or not a crime was committed,” Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bleimeister told members of the news media, confirming a criminal investigation has been launched into the explosion late Monday afternoon that destroyed a house, severely injured its two occupants, and shook a southeastern Lincoln neighborhood.
Bleimeister declined to give details as to why a criminal investigation is underway.
The explosion threw the residents into the backyard, where emergency crews found them suffering from severe burns.
“Jim and Jeanne Jasa remain in critical condition in a medically induced coma as of this morning,” Bleimeister said during the Thursday morning briefing.
Investigators believe the cause of the explosion occurred inside the home near 77th and Old Chaney.
“The collaborative investigative efforts, including analysis from Black Hills Energy, leads us to believe that the cause of this incident began inside of the residence,” Bleimeister stated.
The explosion rocked the neighborhood, causing structural damage to 17 neighboring houses.
William Padmore, KLIN, contributed to this report.