UPDATE: Omaha blast victim was property inspector, authorities say

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP)

UPDATE: Authorities say a woman fatally injured in an Omaha house explosion was a property inspector sent to check its condition after a tenant was evicted.

Police say 30-year-old Clara Bender died after being taken to Nebraska Medical Center. The blast occurred around 12:15 p.m. Monday in Omaha’s Benson neighborhood. A 46-year-old woman who lives next door and a 14-year-old boy also were hospitalized.        

The explosion leveled the house and heavily damaged four adjacent homes.        

Authorities say Bender worked for Certified Property Management. Company President Jeremy Aspen says Bender was married to another of his employees.        

Police and fire investigators are trying to find out what caused the explosion.

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Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

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        OMAHA, Neb. (AP)

        One person died and at least two others were injured when an explosion leveled a house in Omaha.
        The blast was reported in north-central Omaha around 12:15 p.m. Monday near 65th and Sprague streets.
        Fire Battalion Chief Tim McCaw says paramedics took two women to an Omaha hospital, and fire officials say one later died.
        A 14-year-old boy was seriously hurt and taken to the hospital privately.
        Authorities didn’t release the names of those hurt and injured.
        Nearby homes were moved off their foundations, and McCaw says the damaged home was reduced to its foundation.
        McCaw says the explosion ruptured a gas line, but that wasn’t the source of the blast.
        Fire officials say Omaha police homicide investigators have been called to the location, adding the move was “standard procedure.”