Four people were found dead in two burning homes in Laurel yesterday. Early this morning the Nebraska State Patrol arrested a suspect in connection with those murders. Firefighters responding to a call yesterday morning about an explosion and fire at one of the homes found the body of a person inside. A short time later, firefighters were called to a second burning home a few blocks away, where the bodies of three people were found inside. Most businesses, a senior center and schools in the community voluntarily went on lockdown around the time the bodies were discovered. Last night, the Nebraska State Patrol said investigators had determined that “gunfire played a part in the incident at both homes.” An investigation also found that both fires had started just after 3 a.m. Anyone who saw something unusual in Laurel between midnight and 4 a.m. yesterday is asked to contact authorities.
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