​Gas service restored to most of 4,500 people who faced outage: SaskEnergy

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SASKATOON — SaskEnergy says heat has been restored to nearly all 4,500 of its customers in the Melfort area who were left without natural gas services after a line ruptured Wednesday morning.

The Crown corporation says work to restore services was to be completed by Thursday night.

Officials believe it was the biggest outage ever recorded in Saskatchewan.

The high-pressure transmission line broke between Birch Hills and Weldon, causing thousands of people in the Melfort, St. Brieux and Kinistino area to lose gas to their furnaces and other appliances.

Crews began repairs and technicians began re-lighting furnaces Wednesday.

In some cases police and locksmiths were called in to restore service in locked homes because of the extreme cold.

A warming shelter set up at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort is to remain open until 11 p.m. Friday for anyone who is still without heat.

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