A year later, investigation of fatal Lincoln house explosion continues

August 11, 2018

Almost one year after a Lincoln house explosion that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes, police said the investigation into what happened is still ongoing.

The explosion at 5601 S. 78th St. on Aug. 14, 2017, eventually led to the deaths of residents Jeanne and Jimmy Jasa. Jeanne Jasa died on Aug. 29, 2017, and Jimmy Jasa died on May 2, 2018.

Jimmy Jasa was retired from BNSF Railway. Jeanne Jasa was a retired Lincoln Public Schools teacher.

The couple were longtime Lincoln residents and had a son and a daughter.

This week, the manner of death was listed as undetermined on the pair’s death certificates by Lancaster County Attorney Pat Condon. But that could change, Lincoln police said Friday in a press release.

Police said that they have concluded that the explosion originated at the Jasas’ house but that the investigation is ongoing and requires the help of experts from outside agencies.

“The family of Jeanne Jasa and Jimmy Jasa, along with all the residents who sustained damage to their property in that southeast Lincoln neighborhood, deserve a thorough and complete investigation,” Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said in the release.

Two homes had to be demolished after the explosion, and four additional homes were damaged so badly that they couldn’t be lived in until restoration was finished. In total, 34 homes were damaged.

Officials still have unanswered questions about what happened that day and said more information would be made available when possible.

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