An Omaha homeowner is among four people charged with felonies in connection with a suspicious house fire on Christmas Day in 2017.

A 64-year-old woman, who is listed as the owner of the north Omaha home, was charged with attempt to defraud an insurance company of more than $5,000, according to Omaha fire officials. A 39-year-old woman was charged with second-degree arson, burning to defraud an insurer, burglary and insurance fraud.

A 39-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were each charged with second-degree arson, burning to defraud an insurer and burglary. Preliminary hearings have been set for all four individuals to decide whether they will stand trial in Douglas County District Court.

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Firefighters were called to a home near 14th Street and Grand Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2017. They found smoke billowing from the basement of the one-story structure.

Investigators located multiple points of origin for the fire and determined it was incendiary in nature.

The house was valued for tax purposes at $20,200 in 2017 and is now valued at $45,500, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.

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