July 12, 2018 8:29 am
Updated: July 12, 2018 8:28 pm

Vacationing Calgary family returns to burned-out house, police investigate as case of arson

WATCH: A Calgary family away camping is coming home to their house extensively damaged by fire. As Lauren Pullen reports, the Calgary police arson unit is now investigating.

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The Calgary police arson unit has taken over the investigation into a house fire in the city’s southwest on Thursday morning.

Fire crews were called to the blaze on Governor Drive S.W. in the community of Glamorgan at about 3:30 a.m.

The homeowners, a couple with two children and a dog, were camping in Medicine Hat at the time, returning Thursday afternoon to a burned-out home.

They told Global News they were able to get into their home to get some important items like photos.

They received a warm welcome when they returned, with neighbours coming to offer support to the visibly shaken homeowners.

Calgary fire investigates a fire in Glamorgan on July 12, 2018.

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Several homes around the fire were evacuated as a precaution.

“Unfortunately there is substantial damage to both the interior and exterior,” said Linley Biblow, Calgary fire district chief. “Crews were successful in keeping the fire limited to this home.”

Calgary fire said the investigation is now in the hands of the Calgary Police Service, but asked that anyone with information, photos or video come forward.

Calgary fire investigates a fire in Glamorgan on July 12, 2018.

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Calgary fire investigates a fire in Glamorgan on July 12, 2018.

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— With files from Global’s Lauren Pullen

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