Employer calls victim of house explosion a loving mother and amazing person

Posted at 9:34 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 00:22:36-04

30-year-old Clara Bender is being remembered as a loving wife and mother tonight. She died this afternoon after she was in a house explosion in Omaha. 

Bender worked as an inspector at CPM Realty. The CPM President Jeremy Aspen tells KMTV tonight that Bender went to the rental home on 65th and Sprague to inspect it after an eviction back in June. She'd been working with the tenants to get them to remove their belongings. She'd learned this weekend that they were finally out. Bender went to the home to check it out and close it up. As she was at the house, the explosion happened just before 12:30 this afternoon. 

Omaha Police say Bender went to the hospital with burns and later died. 

Aspen issued this statement on behalf of CPM tonight: 

“We are heartbroken and so devastated over the loss of Clara Bender who worked as a property inspector on our team. She was a dear and beloved member of our company, a loving mother, wife and all around amazing person who cherished her family above all else.

We are working with fire and police to help determine how this tragedy came about. In the meantime we are doing everything we can to surround the family with love and support. In hopes of helping to ease the burden we have set up a GoFundMe account for Clara's family.”