Victims of the sockeye fire are trying to process what the verdict means.


Two years later, the property around musher DeeDee Jonrowe’s house still shows signs of the fire. DeeDee’s house was one of the 55 destroyed by the fire.


Lost in the flames– 40 years of memories– including pictures of her mother, who died a month later from cancer.


DeeDee says she accepts the jury’s decision. While she didn’t know the two acquitted of starting the fire, she says they’re people, too, and they’ve suffered like she has.”I don’t want a bitter heart. To me, the worst thing that could come out of this besides the losses we’ve had is to have a bitter heart, and that would follow you the rest of your life that would be so sad,” DeeDee said.


“I don’t want a bitter heart. To me, the worst thing that could come out of this besides the losses we’ve had is to have a bitter heart, and that would follow you the rest of your life that would be so sad,” DeeDee said.


DeeDee says she’s disappointed because she doesn’t believe she’ll ever know what started the Sockeye fire. She believes the State didn’t properly document the fire because they were fighting it. She hopes in the future, they’ll improve their documentation system.


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