Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Pipeline explosion: 4,000 residents left without heat in freezing temps

See also

A pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Manitoba has left more than 4,000 people without power. On Jan. 27, The Inquisitr reported that "massive power outages" occurred just after midnight on Saturday and the explosion caused a fire that burned for over 12 hours. With temperatures dipping to -20 degrees C, the situation -- which is already dangerous -- has become dire.

"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 up their emergency operation [centers] to handle this dilemma," said Nicki Albis, a spokesperson for the emergency relief effort.

The pipeline explosion was loud and some residents reported seeing the massive flames. As of now, the power outages are the most concerning and are expected to last longer than 72 hours. There has not been any official word on when people will get their power back, but without generators, homes are going to get very cold very quick.

"We are in the midst of another temperature drop. A bit of an Arctic front is moving in here, and to the south of us, there is a blizzard system, so people in this area are going to get a nasty, cold, winter storm day," said Katie Nicholson from CBC.

The pipeline explosion seems to be an accident of sorts. Authorities do not believe that foul play was involved.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

Advertisement

News

  •  Day 17
    Israel continues their ravaging bombardment on Gaza as the conflict wages on
    Video
    Video
  • MH17 victims arrive home
    40 bodies of the MH17 plane crash return to a somber homecoming in Holland
    Top News
  • Military advisers to Ukraine
    President Obama announces the deployment of military advisers to Ukraine
    Politics
  • Bubonic plague in China
    A bubonic plague outbreak in Yumen prompts China to quarantine the city
    World News
  • Air Algierie disappearance
    A flight headed from Burkina Faso to Algeria disappears from radar over Mali
    Headlines
  • Windows Phone training portal
    Microsoft launches Windows Phone training portal in attempt to woo consumers
    Tech