Sunday, 6 September 2015

Canadian homes evacuated following fire at Minnesota natural gas plant.

Homes have been evacuated as a precaution in parts of Emerson, Manitoba, following a fire at a natural gas plant at St Vincent in Kittson County, Manitoba that broke out at about 9.00 pm local time on Saturday 5 September 2015. Nobody is thought to have been injured in the fire at the TransCanada operated St Vincent Compressor Station, and the fire was extinguished by 1.10 am on Sunday 6 September. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Fire raging over the St Vincent Compressor Station in Kittson County, Manitoba on 5 September 2015. (Ben Miljure/CTV Winnipeg)

The St Vincent Compressor Station is part of the Great Lakes Transmission Partnership, which transports over 60 million cubic meters of natural gas per day between the gas fields of the Canadian midwest and the industrial centers of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and eastern Canada. It lies on one of two main pipelines between Canada and the US, the other crossing the border between Ontario and Michigan at St Clair, to the northeast of Detroit.

The approximate location of the St Vincent Compressor Station. Google Maps.

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  1. I hope the people in that area are safe. And good thing the fire department is fast responding to incident like that.

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