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Press Release

Man Indicted for Setting Eagle River Fire that Killed Two and Injured Others

August 12, 2021

(Anchorage, AK) – On August 11, 2021, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 29 year-old Christopher John Ricker for setting a fire in Eagle River that killed two people, injured two additional people, and displaced many more. He was indicted on two counts of First-Degree Murder, four counts of Second-Degree Murder, two counts of First-Degree Assault, and one count of both First-Degree Arson and First-Degree Criminal Mischief.

If convicted at trial, Mr. Ricker faces more than 99 years in prison.

Mr. Ricker is currently in custody. His bail is $500,000 cash performance, $250,000 cash corporate appearance, as well as requirements for house arrest, electronic monitoring, and a third party custodian. 

These charges are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Ryan Bravo at (907) 269-6300 or

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Department Media Contact: Assistant Attorney General Grace Lee.