January 26, 2014: A huge fire burned for more than 12 hours after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Winnipeg, Canada

Huge fire shakes neighbours from beds

11:40am January 26, 2014
January 26, 2014: A huge fire burned for more than 12 hours after a natural gas pipeline exploded near Winnipeg, Canada
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Residents of a small Canadian town have woken to an enormous fireball spewing flames hundreds of metres into the air after being jolted out of their beds by the explosion.

Flames could be seen kilometres away from where a natural gas pipeline caught fire in Otterburne, near Winnipeg, overnight.

“The sky lit up as if it was daylight, and the roar of a plane,” nearby neighbour Richard Gagnon told CBC.

“It was just insane,” said Mr Gagnon’s son, Hunter.

“It was absolutely huge, the fire.

“It was at least 300-feet high, there was a bunch of people there all parked along the highway.” Five homes in the area were evacuated.

Authorities were forced to let the fire burn for more than 12 hours before the gas line could be turned off.

It has left up to 4000 people in the area without natural gas, with cold weather on the way.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Source: CBC.

 

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