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Wife of Omaha fire captain dies in Plattsmouth house fire
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Wife of Omaha fire captain dies in Plattsmouth house fire

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A 52-year-old woman who died early Sunday in a house fire in Plattsmouth is the wife of a captain in the Omaha Fire Department.

First responders recovered Karen “Kari” Sidener’s body from the main floor of the residence, Cass County Sheriff William Brueggemann said.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kari Sidener, who is the loving wife of our brother, OFD Captain Mark Sidener,” reads a statement from Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick. “Kari tragically passed away in a house fire yesterday along with their two dogs. Our hearts and prayers are with Mark and his family during this difficult time. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

A GoFundMe account set up by Christian Sidener had raised almost $17,800 — over the $10,000 goal — by noon Tuesday.

“This fundraiser is set up to help support her husband, Mark, who has had his world flipped upside down and will help with any expenses,” the fundraising message said. “Any amount is greatly appreciated.”

Plattsmouth Fire and Rescue responded to the fire at 457 Rim Ridge Road in the Chasemore subdivision at 8 a.m. Firefighters could see smoke coming from the eaves and roof of the house when they arrived, Brueggemann said.

Rescue personnel were unable to enter the house because of the heat and smoke. When first responders were finally able to enter the home, they attempted lifesaving measures, but they were unsuccessful.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Sidener’s body was taken to Douglas County Hospital pending an autopsy. Plattsmouth firefighters requested mutual aid from fire departments in Murray, Nehawka, Louisville and Offutt Air Force Base.

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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