Friends have identified the woman killed in Saturday’s house fire that is now being investigated as a homicide, and say her younger sister remains in life-threatening condition.
University of Calgary student Dorsa Dehdari, 22, is one of two people found dead in the family home in the northwest community Kincora yesterday. Friends said the other person killed was her father, whose identity has not been confirmed by Postmedia. Dorsa’s 16-year-old sister Dorna Dehdari survived the blaze and is being treated for her injuries in hospital.
Dorsa Dehdari, 22, was killed in a house fire in the northwest Calgary community of Kincora, which is now being investigated by homicide and arson detectives. Supplied photo Calgary
"She was awesome," Siddiqui said. "We used to go to her house for Halloween parties every year. We grew up in junior high together all three years."
“People thought they were twins,” said said, describing them both as having larger than life personalities.
“(Dorna’s) a really good person. She’s very, very happy all the time. If she suspects something is wrong with you, she would always help you. She never had any bad intentions,” said Rahad. “Dorsa was a lot like Dorna, but maybe a little calmer,” she said with a laugh.
Another friend of the sisters, Sameena Siddiqui, said every time Dorna was smiling it was when she was talking about her older sister.
“Donna tells it how it is. She speaks her mind. She would always defend us,” she said. “She is such a sweet girl. Always smiling and always cheered us up when we were having a bad day.”
Dorsa was studying at the U of C, with dreams of one day becoming a judge, Rahad said, while little sister Dorna attends Sir Winston Churchill high school.
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 believe was not accidental. When crews arrived, they found two people dead inside the home and a young female, who friends have confirmed is Dorna, outside with critical injuries.
On Sunday, investigators from the fire department and police forensics unit continued to work in the home, while a small bouquet of bright flowers was placed at the base of a tree on the front lawn.
The community has planned a vigil to take place at 7 p.m. on Kincora Boulevard, about a block away from the Dehdari home.
Rahad, who lives nearby the Dehdari family home, said fire trucks, police cars and caution tape are still surrounding the house a day after the deadly incident.
On Saturday, Rahad spent the day with Dorna’s family and said their mother is grieving and is currently with family in the city.
The home’s garage door had large portions blown out and windows on the second storey and at the rear, where black soot covered the windows, were also shattered.
Police said the incident is domestic-related, but could not offer further details on Sunday. They said additional information will be released once the autopsies are performed on Monday. Officials said a suspect is not being sought at this time.
Siddiqui said the sisters and their mother were living at the family home and the girl’s parents had begun the process of getting a divorce. Rahad said Dorna spoke to their friend group frequently about the strained relationship she had with her father.
“The mom and the dad did not have a good relationship in the house the last couple of years.”
Members of the Kincora community were set to gather Sunday evening to pay their respects to the victims at a public vigil nearby the home.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Calgary police homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
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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