A house fire that killed a 60-year-old Kearney woman and injured five others has been ruled as arson.
The Kearney Police Department said in a press release Thursday that the July 23 fire, which claimed the life of Karen Murray, "has been determined to be of suspicious origin and is being investigated as arson."
It took 40 firefighters to control the blaze, which broke out around 3 a.m. July 23 on the corner of 30th Street and 4th Avenue in Kearney.
Murray died at St. Elizabeth Regional Burn and Wound Care Center in Lincoln last Saturday.
A second victim, Sarvinoz Kadyrova, remains in serious condition at St. Elizabeth. Four other victims were treated and released.
The extent of the house damage has yet to be determined.
The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office, the Kearney Police Department, and the Buffalo County Attorney's Office are jointly investigating the incident.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Kearney Police Department at (308) 237-2104 and ask for the investigations unit.