Community, first responders try to come to terms with Butte tragedy

  • Source: Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
  • Published: 09/10/2017 03:49 AM

The worst things imaginable can happen in just minutes. That’s what it took for a Thursday morning trailer fire to take the lives of five young girls ages 3 through 12. The lives of Janelle Quackenbush and Jimmy Flores, their families and friends who knew them, have been forever changed after the young couple lost their five daughters to a fast-moving blaze that had the structure fully engulfed by the time Butte firefighters arrived on the scene. The trailer was located on Wickham Drive off Old Glenn Highway less than a half-mile from the fire department. Officials don’t yet know the cause of the blaze reported around 7 a.m. Flores had left earlier in the morning, heading to a new job in the family car.


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