LPD: Home explosion in Lincoln was a murder/suicide

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Police said Thursday morning that a home explosion that took place in Lincoln in August 14, 2017 and killed two people was a murder/suicide.

LPD said Jim Jasa purposely caused the explosion at 5601 South 78th Street to kill his wife, Jeanne Jasa.

Jeanne’s death came a couple of weeks following the blast, on August 29, 2017. Jim died from his injuries on May 2, 2018.

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said the intentional actions of Jim "led to the death of Jeanne Jasa."

He also said members of LPD alerted Jasa family of the findings of their investigation, as well as neighbors in the area of 84th and Old Cheney.

In total, 34 buildings were damaged as part of the explosion, including the two that were destroyed.

LPD said they had not been called to that address prior to the incident.

In addition, police said an autopsy revealed Jeanne suffered no homicidal injuries outside of those suffered during the explosion.

In late August, the children of a Jeanne Jasa accused the city of Lincoln, Lancaster County and gas utility Black Hills Energy of negligently causing Jeanne's death.

Amy Roche and Matt Jasa filed a more than $4 million tort claim in the blast that killed their mother.

The filing is required before a lawsuit can be filed against a Nebraska government agency.

The family alleges Black Hills infrastructure and its safety devices failed, allowing gas to fill the home.

Assistant City Attorney Elizabeth Elliott says she hasn't made a formal decision on the claim.