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Less than one week ago, a suspicious house explosion killed a father and a daughter in Calgary. One more victim still remains in the hospital in critical condition. Previously, it was unclear what caused the fatal fire. Now, police have come forward to say that the Calgary house fire that killed two people was purposely set by the father, who was one of the victims of the incident.
Around 2 PM on Saturday afternoon, Calgary police and emergency crews responded to calls from neighbours regarding a house explosion and a fire. Two people were found dead at the scene while a third person was suffering injuries. The injured female was transported to the hospital with serious and potentially life-threatening injuries related to the fire.
The fire claimed the lives of 22-year-old Dorsa Dehdari, and her father, 56-year-old Heidra Dehari. The 16-year-old daughter, Dorna, still remains in life-threatening condition.
At the time, Calgary police stated that they were treating the incident as “domestic-related” and not accidental. According to the Calgary Herald, evidence suggests that the fire was set intentionally inside the home and was the cause of the two deaths. At this time, a motive has not been determined.
Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta told the Calgary Herald that the police believe the father is “culpable in the case causing the deaths of another person as well as the attempted murder.” Police are currently not seeking any other suspects.
Just a couple of hours before the tragic incident took place, Dorsa posted a disturbing tweet on Twitter. In the tweet, which was translated from Farsi to the Calgary Sun, Dorsa stated that she was being “tortured" by her father.
“I wish it from bottom of my heart that my dad drops dead at once so he wouldn’t torture us anymore. I don’t have nerve to tolerate it anymore,” said the tweet, which was translated by the Calgary Sun.
Following the explosion, documents surfaced that revealed Heidra’s wife had filed for divorce just one month prior.
Days after the explosion, neighbours and loved ones held a vigil in the Calgary neighbourhood of Kincora where the fire took place. Red and pink ribbons were tied around trees to represent the girls' favourite colours.