Natural gas pipeline explodes near Otterburne, Man.
Thousands without heat south of Winnipeg as arctic blast moves in
CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2014 6:10 AM CT Last Updated: Jan 26, 2014 10:12 AM CT
Pipeline fire under investigation

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg, has left thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill.

A fire is out after burning for more than 12 hours at the site of a natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Man., about 50 kilometres south of Winnipeg. But officials say there are now natural gas outages affecting as many as 4,000 people in nearby communities, where temperatures dipped to near -20 C overnight.

The Rural Municipality of Hanover declared a state of local emergency Saturday afternoon in a release that said the outage was expected to last 24 to 72 hours.

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