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Omaha man is accused of setting a house on fire in August while people inside, local fire officials claim

OMAHA, Nebraska – Wednesday, arson investigators presented fresh information to the Douglas County Court concerning a man suspected of setting a house on fire with his housemates inside in August.

Wednesday afternoon, 42-year-old Jacob Hansen sat silently in court as two fire investigators explained the arson case to the state.

On August 3, two upstairs housemates at the home near 159th and T streets reported to detectives that they observed Hansen packing up his room in preparation for his departure.

Shortly thereafter, he was evidently gone, and they both detected the odor of smoke.

A burning mattress was obstructing the bedroom’s escape of a roommate. A recliner on fire in the hallway blocked the bedroom door of another roommate, who escaped by climbing out the second-floor window.

In addition to the two fires set on the second level, detectives say two more were started on the main floor: one beside the staircase and the other by the front entrance.

The week prior to the incident, the same two roommates told police that Hansen appeared irritated that no one helped him after he injured his hand. They said he told them, “I despise you all and wish to murder you all.”

Also, according to investigators, Hansen’s ex-girlfriend taped a phone contact with him either the night of the fire or the following day. She stated that she feared him.

Investigators told the court that he was allegedly heard in the phone call saying, “I just torched my own property. Why am I unable to burn yours?

The judge determined that sufficient probable cause existed to transfer the arson and terroristic threats case to district court.

Hansen continues to be held at the Douglas County Jail on a $765,500 bond.

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