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

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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

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