Calgary, AB,

Police charge man in connection with Panorama Hills fire

The Calgary Police Service Arson Unit has charged a man in connection with a fire that occurred on the Community of Panorama Hills on Tuesday.

At approximately 4 a.m., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the Calgary Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Panamount Court N.W. The two adults and four children that lived in the home all got out safely, after a neighbour alerted them to the fire. The damage to the house was extensive.

Following an investigation by police and fire investigators, it is believed the fire was intentionally started. CCTV footage from nearby homes captured a man walking and driving near the home around the time the fire was started, helping police identify a suspect.

It is believed this arson was not random and was motivated by a personal dispute between the residents and the suspect.

Zhi LI, 55, of Calgary, is charged with arson causing damage to property and arson with a disregard for human life.

Case #17093042/3804