Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes and Causes Heating Shortage in Otterburne

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A natural gas pipeline explosion near Winnipeg has left thousands of local residents without heat during a cold snap.  The fire burned for over twelve hours, causing 4,000 people in nearby communities to lose gas service when the area had temperatures as low as -20C overnight.

The Rural Municipality of Hanover sent out a release saying that the outage could last anywhere between 24 and 72 hours.

A nearby resident, Paul Rawluk, said, "As we got closer, we could see these massive 200-300 meter high flames shooting out of the ground and it literarally sounded like a jet plane, and that's the thing that really got us, was the sound of it."

Emergency Measures spokesperson Nicki Albus said, "We know it's cold and people may be concerned about that, but we are on the job here.  Everyone here's communicating well.  We have a great group of people at the site and in the communities who have set their emergency operation centers to handle the dilemma." Warming centers were set up for affected residents.