The fires were reported and the bodies were found Thursday in the town of Laurel. At the time, the police spoke of suspected third-party negligence.
Aug 5 (News) — The Nebraska State Police said Friday that a suspect has been arrested in connection with the deaths of four people who were set on fire in two homes in a small town this week.
One of the houses contained a body and the other had three inside. Investigators believe that accelerants may have been used in both fires.
State Police Colonel John Bolduc said Friday Jason A. Jones was arrested at a home directly across from the two houses that were burned. Authorities determined Jones, 42, had burn injuries.
“He hasn’t been booked yet because he’s in the hospital,” Bolduc said, according to WOWT-TV. “We do not believe at this time that this arrest will remove the threat to the Laurel community or Northeast Nebraska.”
Bolduc said Jones suffered severe burns to a large part of his body and was airlifted to a Lincoln hospital. He is believed to be in serious condition.
Police surrounded the home where Jones was found and announced their arrest warrant over a loudspeaker.
“Firefighters have been working diligently to put out the fire but also to secure evidence that may be in the home,” Bolduc said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “Our investigators are currently processing this second scene.”