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Neighbor saves infant from fire

A neighbor rushed into a burning Eagle River apartment and saved an infant, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

Connor Hall, 27, saved four-month-old Douglas Hutchens Jr., Senior Captain Victor Snell told the Star. The infant’s mother, Kristie Hutchens, was killed in the fire.

When AFD arrived on scene, the “apartment was gone,” Snell said.

Snell said Hall had only a matter of seconds to retrieve the baby before the fire became impassable.

“The car seat that the baby was found in was already starting to show signs of fire decomposition,” he said. “(Hall) had to run either right through the fire, or very close to it, to get out that front door.”

 

Christmas cards flood post offices

U.S. postal carriers will deliver 2.6 billion Christmas cards this year — about 10 for every person in America. The annual tradition costs nearly $3 billion, according to Washington, D.C.-based Greeting Card Association.

The custom started in England where students at the Royal Academy send letters home at the end of the year on religious stationery. They told their parents how good they’d been and asked for money.

In 1843, London businessman Henry Cole manufactured 1,000 cards with the greeting “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.”

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