Red ribbons adorn trees around Calgary neighbourhood to mourn victims of fatal fire – Global News

Red ribbons adorn trees around Calgary neighbourhood to mourn victims of fatal fire - Global News
One sister dead, another injured, after blaze at Kincora home
Members of the Kincora community in northwest Calgary gathered Sunday evening to pay tribute to the victims killed and injured in a fatal fire Saturday.

Red ribbons were handed out to the more than 50 people who showed up. Organizers said the colour red was chosen because it was a victim’s favourite colour.

"She was a very, very kind person," a friend of the family, who wanted their name withheld, told CTV News on Sunday. "Same with Dorna. She was one of the nicest people Ive ever met. Nothing but kind words from her."

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"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."

Vigil organizer Stacey Slone said the Kincora community is doing its best to support the family in any way it can.

“The community just wants to show their support and there’s not much we can do. But by just getting together and showing the family that we’re there for them and offer our condolences and support, it feels like a community thing to do,” she said.

Sameena Siddiqui, a friend of one of the victims, said while they don’t attend the same schools now, their love for makeup is what brought them together.

“We kind of all dressed the same. We all shop at the same stores so I think we really bonded over that. And we shared similar interests,” Siddiqui said.

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“It’s really nice to see the community come out and supporting, and we’re not the only ones in this.”

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.

Another friend Fariha Rahad said despite the tragedy, it means a lot to see the neighbourhood come together.

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.

“It goes to show that people in this community really care about each other. For them to all come together — there’s so many people here, more than you’d expect. It’s really heartwarming to see all these people.”

Friends of the family who lived at a home in Kincora at the centre of a homicide investigation says they were in the middle of a divorce.

Two people were found dead after a fire and explosion happened inside a northwest Calgary home on Saturday. Another person was taken to hospital in serious, life-threatening condition, EMS said.

The community has planned a vigil to take place at 7 p.m. on Kincora Boulevard, about a block away from the Dehdari home.

Both the homicide and arson units are now investigating. On Saturday, Calgary police said they were not looking for suspects.

Friends say Dorsa Dehdari, a woman in her 20s, was killed in the incident. Her father also died as a result of the fire.

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Emergency crews were called to reports of a house explosion in the neighbourhood of Kincora at about 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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

"Were pretty devastated; were in shock. Didnt see this coming," said Sameena Siddiqui, Dornas friend.

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.

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University of Calgary student Dorsa Dehdari, 22, is one of two people found dead in the family home in the northwest community of Kincora. 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.

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.

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

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. MT Saturday. 

“People thought they were twins,” she said, describing them as having larger-than-life personalities.

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.

“(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.

"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.

Another friend of the sisters, Sameena Siddiqui, said Dorna was always smiling when she was talking about her elder sister.

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. 

“Dorna 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 younger sister Dorna attends Sir Winston Churchill High School.

Police said further information likely will not be released until autopsies on the two victims are completed on Monday. 

Emergency crews were initially called to the 0-100 block of Kincora Drive 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.

Neighbour Narendra Das says he was just driving home from work when he spotted that his street was blocked off.

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 provide further details Sunday. They said additional information will be released once the autopsies are performed on Monday. Officials said a suspect is not being sought.

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