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Family of Clover Fire victim speaks out

Published On: Dec 18 2013 07:40:09 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 18 2013 07:40:57 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

Family members and friends of 55-year-old Brian Henry packed the Shasta County Courthouse Wednesday for the arraignment of Zane Peterson, the man accused of causing Henry’s death.

Henry was killed at his home Sept. 10, during the Clover Fire. The fire burned throughout the Happy Valley and Igo area covering 8,000 acres.

Peterson was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with starting the Clover Fire which led to Henry’s death.

Henry’s daughter, Chelsey Henry, along with other family members and friends attended the proceedings. 

Chelsey brought a large photo of Henry to the courtroom. The picture showed the father and daughter fishing.

“This is the first fish I ever caught,” said Chelsey.  “It's special to me.”

CAL FIRE states that Henry refused to evacuate his home, but his daughter claims that her father was defending his property.

"It wasn't a reckless decision,” said Chelsey Henry.  “It was purely defensive to help others, and that's what he did.

Zane Peterson hails from the small community of Happy Valley, and he was known amongst his neighbors.

Neighbors of Peterson said they know the Petersons to be nice people.

Another neighbor said they saw nothing suspicious about Zane Peterson during neighborhood events.

Peterson plead not guilty to 70 charges of arson and one count of murder.  His bail is set at $3 million.