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Lincoln man identified who died in fire at Lincoln apartment
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Lincoln man identified who died in fire at Lincoln apartment

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With Americans spending more time at home than ever before, it's even more important to help ensure you are prepared in the event of a home fire.

Police have identified the 37-year-old Lincoln man who died in an apartment fire early Wednesday as Kendrick Carr.

Officer Erin Spilker said it wasn't yet clear what caused his death. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue crews were called at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday to the apartments at 5500 Salt Valley View and tracked light smoke in the hallway to Carr's first-floor apartment. 

Firefighters found heavy smoke throughout and a pot of grease that had burned on the stove. The fire was contained to the kitchen and had all but burned itself out by the time they got there, Fire Capt. Nancy Crist said.

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In a search, firefighters found the man, unconscious and not breathing, between the kitchen and living room. They tried to save him but couldn't.

He was the only person in the apartment.

Lincoln's last fatal fire happened on Dec. 5, 2018, when an 84-year-old man died in a fire sparked by an overturned candle.

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Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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