Calgary Police believe fatal house fire was set deliberately – CityNews Calgary

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Homicide unit investigating 2 deaths after explosion at northwest Calgary home
Dorsa Dehdari (right) was killed in a deadly fire in the northwest community of Kincora, which also saw her sister, Dorna Dehdari (left), suffer life threatening injuries. Homicide and arson detectives are now investigating. Calgary

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.

"If one of us got sad or something, shed always be there and could tell how she got through because of the relationship with her family. That took a toll on her, right? So she would always talk to us about how she coped."

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.

"I know that the mom and the dad did not have a good relationship in the house for a couple of years. They were always separated. They did file for divorce."

“(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.

"The injured woman was found outside the home," said Shane Paton with Calgary EMS. "We dont have details on her exact injuries at this time."

Another friend of the sisters, Sameena Siddiqui, said every time Dorna was smiling it was when she was talking about her older sister.

A small memorial is set up outside a Kincora home where two people died in an explosion and fire on Saturday. A third person remains in hospital.

“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.”

Residents in the northwest community of Kincora have identified some of the victims of a fatal fire inside one home in the community on Saturday.

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.

Residents in the northwest community of Kincora have identified some of the victims of a fatal fire inside one home in the community on Saturday.

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.

Two bodies were found inside the garage and a third patient, a woman, was taken to hospital in serious condition.

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

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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