Homicide and arson detectives are investigating after a house fire in northwest Calgary left two people dead and another in life-threatening condition.
Emergency crews were initially called to the 0-100 block of Kincora Dr. N.W. around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon for reports of a possible explosion, which police said was not believed to be accidental.
There, crews found two people dead and another, a young female, found outside the home with life-threatening injuries.
The white door of the home’s front drive garage showed significant signs of damage, with parts of it blown outwards. Windows on both the second story and rear of the home were also shattered.
Fariha Rahad and Sameena Siddiqui came to the home Saturday evening, concerned their 16-year-old friend, who they say lived at the residence, was injured or even worse, dead.
“We’re pretty devastated, we’re in shock,” said Siddiqui. “We talked yesterday. We’re all super close.
Det. Shawn Rupchan says a "contained explosion" appears to have happened in the garage of the home.
“She’s awesome — we used to go to her house for Halloween parties every year. We grew up in junior high together… we all had a tight-knit group that lived in Panorama Hills, Evanston — we’re just a five-minute drive away.”
Siddiqui said their friend lived at the home along with her mother and sister, who was believed to be in her early 20’s. The girl’s parents had begun the process of getting divorced, Rahad added, saying the family came to Canada around 2011 from Iran.
“The mom and the dad did not have a good relationship in the house the last couple of years,” Rahad said. “(Our friend) would say she did not appreciate her dad.”
Eleanor and Russ Fornataro were sitting on their couch Saturday afternoon before the pair heard “a little bang a couple of times.”
“We didn’t think much of it,” Eleanor said, before they heard sirens in the neighbourhood. “That’s when we noticed the smoke.”
“What we thought is they obviously have it contained, because we never saw any flames,” said Eleanor.
“When you hear people died, it’s of course a little unnerving. It gives you a pit in your stomach, you want to know what happened.”
According to police, it’s believed the incident is domestic-related, but they said it’s unlikely further details will be released until autopsies are performed on Monday; no suspects were being sought, police said.
Members of the Calgary police forensics team were called to the scene, which was cordoned off by yellow police tape.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Calgary Police Service Homicide Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
Calgary police's homicide unit is investigating after two people were found dead and a woman critically injured following a fire and explosion at a northwest Calgary home on Saturday.
Emergency crews responded to reports of a house fire and explosion at approximately 1:50 p.m. at 42 Kincora Drive N.W.
Two people were found dead inside the home and one woman was taken to hospital with burns in serious, life-threatening condition.
The fire is not believed to be accidental and the incident was a domestic one, police said in an emailed release. No suspects are being sought at this time.
Police said the explosion was largely contained within the home's garage, and the fire from the blast didn't spread to any nearby homes.
The fire department asked the public to avoid the area between Kincora Landing and Kincora Boulevard as they responded to scene at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
Police said further information likely will not be released until autopsies on the two victims are completed on Monday.
Neighbour Narendra Das says he was just driving home from work when he spotted that his street was blocked off.
"It's kind of shocking," he said, adding that he had just moved to the neighbourhood a few months ago and didn't know the victims.
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