One dead, another missing after Minneapolis school explosion

One dead, another missing after Minneapolis school explosion

One dead, another missing after Minneapolis school explosion

John Carlson was initially unaccounted for after the explosion on Wednesday, but school officials later announced that the man had been found dead in the wake of the blast. Jacobson said about a dozen children were in the gymnasium at the time of the explosion, but those students are accounted for and can be picked up by their parents or guardians.

"I would envision it would have been significantly more huge in the event that it was (amid) educational time", Tyner said.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says a gas explosion caused the blast and partial building collapse Wednesday at Minnehaha Academy.

Also among those on the campus were girls for summer cross-country practice, and school basketball and soccer players. Three people were rescued from the building's roof shortly after the explosion and fire, Tyner said. He said there is also medical staff at the scene.

Carlson's wife, Barbara Carlson, told the Star Tribune: "I'm not doing well". "Our hopes are that they are not in there".

"You're walking along the parkway and you see half the school missing, windows blown out, people running around - this is before the police and fire and paramedics came on the scene - yeah, it's insane", Sean Sanford said.

Of the nine people who were injured, Hennepin County Medical Center officials said four remained hospitalised. "We were prepared for a lot more injuries". Still, he added, "It was a bad tragedy".

"My office is in continuous contact with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as emergency personnel respond to this emergency". Six other patients who were brought to the hospital after Wednesday's blast have been released.

"All of sudden we heard some guy say 'gas, gas, '" student Erik Ostrem said. It's not clear why they were on the roof.

"From what I have been able to gather and from what people have been telling me.it was just seconds between 'Gas leak". He says crews are searching for two missing people who may be trapped in the rubble. "We used to live in San Francisco, and there are two types [of earthquakes]: one is a short, quick one, the other is a longer one". Firefighters were working to extricate people from the rubble of the school in the 3100 block of West River Parkway.

The explosion was apparently caused by a gas leak, according to the school.

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A school gym coach said that the explosion came seconds after an alarm was raised. They added that it was fortunate that this incident did not occur during the school year while students were in class.

Three individuals on the top of the school required help getting down, authorities said.

"My mom jumped on top of me", she said. The power went out, windows shattered and glass and ceiling tiles "rained down", she said. "But when we got outside and saw everything, we were all so relieved and happy that we made it out".

The explosion was thought to have taken place among one of the older parts of the building, neighbors and one student reported.

Minnehaha Academy, however, identified both victims.

Ruth Berg, a receptionist at the school, had worked there for 17 years. "That's the stairwell that connects the entire school to everything".

The school was first founded in 1913 and lists an enrollment of 341 in grades 9-12.

We are forever grateful to those first responders and bystanders who came to the aid of all of the injured, including our employees.

Day leapt for the door just as the center of the south Minneapolis private school building exploded, the blast knocking her to the floor.

Residents near the area say they could feel the explosion.

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