Suspect in deadly Nebraska house fires that killed four busted across the street from blaze

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with two deadly house fires that killed four people in a small Nebraska town early Thursday, according to reports.

Jason Jones, 42, was found hiding in his residence — right across the street from one of the crime scenes early Friday morning, officials said.

He was found with serious burns after being taken into custody by a SWAT team and transported to a hospital in Lincoln, according to Fox News.

Emergency crews responded to reports of an explosion at a house in rural Laurel around 3.am., according to the Nebraska State Highway Patrol.

They found the home on fire and one person dead inside.

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A suspect has been arrested for burning down two homes in Nebraska that killed four people.
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Jason Jones, the suspect, lives across the street from the houses that were set on fire and was found hiding in his own home.
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As they put out that blaze, first responders were alerted to another fire just three blocks away where another three residents were found dead.

The victims have been identified as Janet Twiford, 86, Gene Twiford, 85, Dan Twiford, 55, and Michelle Ebeling, 53.

Colonel John Bolduc of the Nebraska State Patrol said the tragedy has plunged the small town of 1,000 into “indescribable grief.”

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The small Nebraska town where the deadly arson was committed is in “indescribable grief,” said Colonel John Bolduc of the Nebraska State Patrol.
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Bolduc said evidence from both scenes pointed to Jones. They have not disclosed any specific motive for the crimes.

Officials said accelerants were used in both incidents.

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