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TransCanada investigates pipeline blaze that sent fireball into sky south of Emerson

TransCanada says it's looking into what may have caused a natural gas pipeline fire that sent a large fireball into the sky south of the Canada-U.S. border in Minnesota over the weekend.

Fire at compressor station shot 'huge fireball in the sky' south of Manitoba border Saturday night

TransCanada was forced to shut down one of its natural gas pipelines Saturday night after a massive fire about 50 km southeast of Emerson, Man. 0:18

TransCanada says it's looking into what may have caused a natural gas pipeline fire that sent a large fireball into the sky south of the Canada-U.S. border in Minnesota over the weekend.

The fireball lit up the night sky around 9 p.m. CT Saturday after a fire broke out in the yard of the St. Vincent Compressor Station in Kittson County, Minn.

The flames could be seen as far away as Emerson, Man., which is about 50 kilometres northwest of the compressor station.

The fire burned until about 1:10 a.m. Sunday, according to TransCanada Pipeline.

Jeff French, the fire chief in Emerson, Man., took photos of this fire burning Saturday night at a TransCanada natural gas pipeline station in Kittson County, Minn. (Jeff French)
"In this case, we found out immediately and over several hours the fire slowly extinguished itself, and once it was out, it was completely out," Sharan Kaur, a company spokeswoman, told CBC News on Monday.

"So the goal here was to ensure the public safety and the employee safety and get the fire out completely."

No injuries were reported, but a few homes in Dominion City, Man., were evacuated on Saturday night as a precaution. Residents were allowed back in their homes a short time later.

Kaur said it's not known what caused the fire, but all valves had been shut off as they were supposed to be.

"We basically isolated the entire station, shut it down, isolated the valves and ensured that there was no more gas flowing into the facility," she said.

The incident has not interrupted gas service for TransCanada customers in the Great Lakes Gas Transmission system, according to the company.

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