Blaze lights up prairie sky

Natural gas escaped from one of seven caverns at a TransGas pumping station near Prud’Homme, Sask., at about 10 a.m. Oct. 4. Residents from several kilometres around the site report that they heard a piercing blast, followed by a giant flame that reached about 75 metres into the sky.

Houses and barns shook and animals were startled by the explosion.

There was no smell, but local residents compared the continuous sound of the burning flame to a jet aircraft at take off.

Crews from TransGas and Safety Boss succeeded in dousing the fire and capping the well October 19.

 

Liquid manure is spread on the dairy farm of Andre LaFreniere 1.5 km north of the gas fire. | William DeKay photo

Liquid manure is spread on the dairy farm of Andre LaFreniere 1.5 km north of the gas fire. | William DeKay photo

A firefighter with Emergency Management and Fire Safety in Prince Albert, Sask., rolls up a hose after replenishing the water tank on a truck. | William DeKay photo

A firefighter with Emergency Management and Fire Safety in Prince Albert, Sask., rolls up a hose after replenishing the water tank on a truck. | William DeKay photo

 

Several roads were blocked and about 13 people who live nearby were ordered to evacuate their homes because of the fire. | William DeKay photo

Several roads were blocked and about 13 people who live nearby were ordered to evacuate their homes because of the fire. | William DeKay photo

 

A view from inside Hannotte’s combine. | William DeKay photo

A view from inside Hannotte’s combine. | William DeKay photo

 

Liquid manure is spread on the dairy farm of Andre LaFreniere 1.5 km north of the gas fire. | William DeKay photo

Liquid manure is spread on the dairy farm of Andre LaFreniere 1.5 km north of the gas fire. | William DeKay photo

 

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