PALMDALE ( — The owner of the Big Bear-area vacation rental cabin that went up in flames in the Christopher Dorner standoff watched it happen live on television Tuesday afternoon.


Candy Martin of Palmdale didn’t want to speak on-camera, but her two children, Eric and Leah Funnel, told “Inside Edition” they couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw that their family’s cabin was the final act of the Dorner manhunt.

“We turned the TV on and saw the news…the Dorner guy had been caught. I heard he was still in the Big Bear area, (but) I thought he was long gone. And then they said ‘Seven Oaks Mountain Cabins’ and we were like…wow,” said Leah.

Eric said, “I got a text from my mom saying, ‘Dorner’s at the cabin. Firefight.’ Lo and behold… there’s our cabin. There’s no mistaking our cabin up there.”

The siblings said their mother, who owns seven cabins near the Seven Oaks community, called police to let them know there was no cable, Internet or phone service in the vacant rental for Dorner to use.

The Funnel’s said despite the ruins of the cabin, their hearts are with the families who lost loved ones.

“Whatever happened to our cabin is inconsequential compared to what they lost. So I’m grateful law enforcement did what they needed to do to get this guy so he’s not on the loose anymore,” said Eric.


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