‘It’s unbelievable, horrific’: Devastating home explosion claims three lives

How it's impacting people in the area and how they're supporting each other after the tragedy.

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Tuesday’s home explosion has now claimed the lives of three people, reports Omaha Police.

The homeowner’s grandson, 28-year-old Alexander Tolendo, passed away on Wednesday. He was being treated for critical injuries at the Kansas University Medical Center, where he was transferred shortly after the incident.

The homeowner, 73-year-old Therea Tolendo, and her daughter, 45-year-old Angela Miller, both died on Tuesday.

After the unimaginable tragedy, it was discovered that Theresa filed a petition for a domestic abuse protection order against her grandson Alexander. In the petition, Theresa alleged Alexander struggled with substance abuse and she was “afraid he will start my house on fire.”

Omaha Police are still investigating the official cause of the explosion.

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The community left devastated after the fatal explosion leveled the Toledo home and damaged neighboring homes.

“I’m very sad. I’m very sad. I said before, it’s surreal, it’s unbelievable, horrific,” said neighbor Melanie Grabowski. “It happens but, you just can’t believe it happens to you or here in your area or your neighborhood.”

Grabowski and her fellow neighbors jumped into action when they heard the boom.

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“I didn’t want to let people burn up and not do anything, that’d be horrible. I really didn’t even know what was going on… It wasn’t like I thought about it that much,” neighbor Danielle Stroh said.

Like Stroh, Grabowski said she didn’t think twice about running towards the flames.

“It’s just a reaction. You want to see if everyone alright and if anyone’s hurt,” Grabowski said.

While the community is still in shock, they’re sending well wishes to the Toledo family and the fourth resident who remains in critical condition at a hospital.

“I just pray for those people,” said Stroh.

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