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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cause of K-V Blaze Under Investigation

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of fire early this morning that destroyed a Quispamsis home along with two nearby cars.

The call about the blaze came in at about 2:30 Sunday morning. The fire levelled the home at 16 Devonshire Crescent home in a short period of time leaving just a wall standing.

 The family. including three children, got out safely but they lost everything. 

10 year old Alex Russell, who lives across the street, is being credited with first seeing the flames and alerting her parents who called 9-1-1.          

(photo courtesy by Dave Duffy)

Quispamsis Extends Contract With KV Fire

The Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department will be administered by Quispamsis a little longer.

Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ news council agreed to keep their partnership an extra six months in the new year.

Driscoll says the extension request will give the KV fire department more time to decide who will administer them next.

Their contract was set to expire in December.

Property Sale Doesn't Change $200,000 SPCA Needs

The sale of the former SPCA peacock property to the Joshua Group is a huge benefit for both the animal shelter and the kids charity... but there's still more work to be done for both organizations.

SPCA President Melody McElman tells CHSJ news the property sold for $202,000, but the Joshua Group still needs to raise around $60,000 to cover the rest of the cost. McElman says the sale means they can pay down their mortgage and jump start their capital campaign.

McElman says the sale is a huge help for the shelter, but it doesn't change the $200,000 they still need for daily operating costs.

Since last week more than $52,000 has been raised for the SPCA to keep it's doors open.

Government Needs To Create Jobs Says Critic

Job creation is not high on the agenda for the provincial government according to opposition critic Chris Collins.

Collins, the Liberal M-L-A from Moncton, tells CHSJ news in the past two years the government has lost 1,500 jobs, whereas the previous government created that many. He says he sees young people leaving the province in droves to work elsewhere.

Collins believes the Alward government needs to make a plan by meeting with workers in various industries to figure out how to create jobs.

Last month unemployment rose in the province from 10% to 10.4%.

Three People Homeless After Fire

A house fire in Fredericton has left three people without a home.

The Canadian Red Cross says no one was injured or home at the time of the blaze that happened around 11 am on Saturday.

Red Cross volunteers found a place for the woman and her teenage daughter to stay. The two rented half of the duplex at 32 Simpson Court.

VIDEO: Future Sculpture SJ's Planned

What looked like just a ton of granite a month ago is now shaping it's way into public art.

Sculpture Saint John is in it's sixth and final week at the Coast Guard Site, where artists from around the world have been sculpting giant granite art pieces for Greater Saint John.

Chair Diana Alexander tells CHSJ news the artists -- many who've been to over forty symposiums -- say it's the best event they've been too. On Saturday, September 15th from 1:00pm - 4:00pm  they'll be having a big reveal called "Rock On The Dock", where you'll be able to touch the pieces and talk to the artists.

Alexander says this isn't the real end of the sculpture symposium. The event has been so successful, they're planning symposiums every two years until 2020. She hopes pieces from future symposiums can be created for towns from Saint Stephen to Sussex.