At least 1 dead, 9 injured after gas explosion in Minneapolis

Posted August 04, 2017

The fire department originally tweeted a fatality was reported shortly after the explosion, but around 15 minutes later said it had not been confirmed. And after 17 years with Minnehaha Academy, Berg and her upcoming wedding had students past and present chattering.

The natural gas explosion ravaged the upper campus of Minnehaha Academy, piercing a giant hole in the structure, sparking a blaze and leaving mounds of debris where a stairwell, utility area and classrooms previously stood.

The school paid tribute to them in an emotional Facebook post.

Fruetel did not specify the identity of the body, who was earlier reportedly identified as a 81-year-old male janitor.

HCMC confirmed that the person in critical condition is Bryan Duffey.

Part of the building collapsed from the explosion, and five people were injured, one critically, while two are still unaccounted for. Six others who were brought to the hospital after Wednesday's explosion have been released.

Although some students were in the building at the time of the blast, classes were not in session due to the summer break. But fire officials haven't been able to confirm that report, and Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner says officials are backing off that statement. "We were pretty lucky".

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

All the injured were adults, Tyner said. "My first thought was that has to be an quake". "This could've been a lot worse".

"We heard a man yell "gas" and "get out", and we saw one sprint down the street and one sprint into the building, kind of standing in the doorway, yelling it".

August 2-A section of a Christian school in Minneapolis collapsed Wednesday morning when a gas leak caused a large explosion and fire.

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According to a statement of the Minnehaha Academy, "there was a gas leak and #explosion at the Upper School".

The school was first founded in 1913 and lists an enrollment of 341 in grades 9-12. Teens who had been playing soccer in the field between were running, screaming, he said.

"All the windows in the office blew out, rubble from the ceiling came tumbling down", he said. "It was just a really loud boom", one resident told KARE 11.

"My mom jumped on top of me", she said.

The academy's lower school is many blocks away and unaffected. "I've enjoyed it", Carlson told the publication of his decision to take the job.

In announcing the discovery at a Wednesday night news conference, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said that crews had suspended further operations at the scene until Thursday morning.

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

"We're going to get through it", Minnehaha Academy President Donna M. Harris said at the vigil.

Two men ran across the school grounds screaming "Gas!"

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