Police arrest Calgary man for breaking into home evacuated after explosion

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CALGARY — Police have charged a man for breaking into an evacuated home after a massive explosion in Calgary last month sent 10 people to hospital.

The March 27 explosion and fire blew many of the victims into the air and threw them into a fiery basement below.

The blast also damaged several other homes and led to an evacuation of the area.

Police say a woman and her husband were returning to their home on March 30 and confronted a man who was leaving there.

He claimed to be security and fled, but the residents found there had been a break-in and several pieces of jewelry were taken.

Several weeks later, police responded to a break-in at a leisure centre and arrested a man inside who was also a suspect in the March break-in.

Fifty-three-year-old Daniel Riley Johnson of Calgary faces several charges including break and enter, theft over $5,000 and possession of break-in instruments.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 27, 2023.

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