Section of Minneapolis school collapses after gas leak, explosion

Section of Minneapolis school collapses, at Least 1 Dead

"It's just a very precarious situation", Fire Chief John Fruetel told a press conference.

The explosion was possibly caused by a natural gas explosion.

A Christian school with 825 registered students, the Minnehaha Academy was founded in 1913.

The NTSB, the United States' premier civil transportation investigative agency, said it will investigate the explosion.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Minneapolis to investigate the explosion that caused a school building to collapse Wednesday, killing two staff members and injuring several others.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the explosion at Minnehaha Academy killed receptionist Ruth Berg, 47, and janitor John F. Carlson, 82. Tyner confirmed that three people were rescued from the roof. After the fire was extinguished, an intensive operation began to find the missing.

Jacobson, the school spokeswoman, said Carlson graduated with the Minnehaha Academy class of 1953 and went to Sunday school there.

The victims reportedly suffered injuries ranging from head wounds and broken bones to cuts from debris.

Nine people were injured in the blast, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. amid a construction project in the school's boiler room, fire officials said.

The school, Minnehaha Academy, says on Facebook that the one of those who died was a receptionist at the academy and the other was a custodian, whose body was recovered after a search into the evening. Of those people, three were in critical condition, four were in serious condition and two were released. The school said all its summer program students and staff were accounted for and safe.

The department initially tweeted that there was one fatality, but roughly 16 minutes later sent another tweet saying the death was not confirmed.

Three other victims are in satisfactory condition, and five were discharged from the hospital.

Windows were popped out of frames and ceiling tiles fell down inside the school. Some students were on-hand for extra-curricular activities at the school, though the numbers of students is not believed to have been large. The tragedy could have been "dramatically worse", Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said in a Wednesday night news conference.

After 12 hours of searching, rescue workers pulled the body of another person from the rubble of the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.

Philip Day, who was with his daughter in the building, said a staff member ran up to them and told them they needed to evacuate immediately.

Minnehaha Academy student Taytum Rhoades was one of those practicing in the gym when the building shook and lights went out.

The collapse took place at Minnehaha Academy in the 3100 block of West River Parkway, near the Mississippi River.

Originally, the Minneapolis Fire Department reported one fatality.

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