The Lookout

Owner of cabin linked to Dorner describes watching fire

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Law enforcement investigates the charred remains of a cabin Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (Photo: The Sun, John Valenzuela)

Law enforcement investigates the charred remains of a cabin Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (Photo: The Sun, John Va …

Candy Martin, the owner of the cabin allegedly used by Christopher Dorner to engage in a deadly shootout with law enforcement, spoke with NBC Los Angeles about the loss of her family's vacation home.

Martin was sitting down for an episode of "Walking Dead," when she saw the news coverage of the shootout near Big Bear, Calif. "And we’re looking and we say, 'Oh these are cabins, these look like...' and there’s no doubt that those are my cabins," Martin said.

Martin bought that cabin and several others in 2002. She used the main cabin that burned down as a vacation home for her extended family, when she wasn't renting it out. "It's hard for me to imagine him in there. And if I did do that, I imagined, 'What is he doing? What room is he in?'" Martin said.

Though she bought the cabin just over a decade ago, the home was 85 years old, dating back to the late 1920s. "That was heart-wrenching to see ... the fire. I just started crying. I couldn’t talk at that point."

During the shootout, which left one law enforcement official dead and another seriously wounded, the cabin caught fire. An investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire is ongoing. One person's remains, presumed to be Dorner's, were later found among the wreckage.

Though distressed and saddened about the loss of her home, Martin said she knows others are hurting more. "I'm not the [worst-off] victim," she said. "The worst are the families who lost their loved ones."

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