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Sunday, February 9, 2014

War Amps Of Canada Mailing Out Key Tags

War Amps Canada beginning this year's Key Tag campaign, mailing out 250,000 tags to New Brunswickers. 

The tag has a confidentially coded number on it linked to your name and address so if you ever lose your keys, the person who finds them can drop them in a mailbox or call the number on the back of the tag and a courier will drop them off on your doorstep.

The service is free, but any donations the group gets from the key tag campaign goes to fund artificial limbs and programs for adult and child amputees across the province.

Over 300 New Brunswickers getting their lost keys back last year thanks to the tags. Click here for more information on the service.

Woman Who Had Autoimmune Disorder Encourages Blood Donation

A woman who had a rare autoimmune disorder requiring 32 units of blood after having a liver transplant where her spleen was also removed.

While Kristin Wheaten supported blood and organ donation before, she is a vocal supporter now.

She tells CHSJ News a third of the population is undecided when it comes to donating blood, so she encourages people to really think about it and if they do decide they want to give plasma, to let their families know about their decision.

Wheaton, who works at the Loch Lommond Villa foundation, tells us she chooses to believe that 32 different people took an hour of their day to donate and help save her life and she couldn't be more grateful. To book an appointment to give blood, call 1-888-2-Donate.

Firefighters Battle Golden Grove Road Blaze

Fire crews responding to a fire in a basement on the East side.

Smoke could be seen coming out of the building at 2623 Golden Grove Road. Crews knocking down the fire shortly after it broke out.

It appears everyone made it out safely.

Arson On Elgin Street

A firebug causing property damage in the North End of the city. 

Saint John Police investigating an arson on Elgin Street just after 2:30 this morning. City Fire telling us it was a van fire.

More details to come as they become available.

Hanwell Fire Destroys Auto Repair Shop, Vehicles

Photo Courtesy Of Fredericton Firefighters Association
An auto repair shop on the Hanwell Road just outside of Fredericton being completely gutted by fire. 

Fredericton Fire Department Platoon Captain Mike Mizner tells CHSJ News about seven vehicles around the building were also destroyed. There were several explosions as firefighters were battling the blaze, which sent fireballs 30 to 40 feet in the air. 

The New Maryland, Oromocto and Upper Kingsclear Fire Departments were called in to assist, and crews were on the scene for about eight hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.