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Minnesota school gas explosion turns deadly

Minnesota school gas explosion turns deadly

An explosion at a school in Minneapolis killed two people, injured several others and reduced part of a building to rubble, fire officials said.

John Fruetel, fire chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department, told press that a body was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed building at Minnehaha Academy's upper school in Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Fire officials say three people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school.

"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".

"We were hoping there might be a void space", Chief Fruetel said at a news conference on Wednesday night.

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.

Those at the scene said the explosion was "massive". Minnehaha, a private Christian school that opened in 1913, enrolls about 825 students.

- Fruetel said the center of the building is likely where the gas leak originated and the subsequent collapse occurred.

"I mean, it was seconds after they told us to get out that the explosion happened".

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Authorities say seven adults are hospitalized following a gas explosion that leveled part of a school in Minneapolis.

"As our receptionist, she welcomed everyone with a smile and was always willing to go the extra mile to help our students, families, and staff", the message said.

Three people on the roof of the school needed assistance getting down, officials said. Contractors were working in the school at the time, and some witnesses said they were warned of a gas leak moments before the blast.

It appeared that no children were hurt in the incident and that all students and other staff members were eventually "accounted for and safe", officials said.

As school workers, students and neighbors gathered by the tennis courts in the northwest corner of campus, some Taher employees waited with tears in their eyes to learn the fate of co-workers.

Three people were rescued from the top of the building, CBS Minneapolis reports.

"All the windows just burst out", she said.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has already promised any and all resources for emergency responders. Shortly after, there was a huge explosion that knocked him off his feet, he told WCCO, "and then it was just kinda chaos from there". And after 17 years with Minnehaha Academy, Berg and her upcoming wedding had students past and present chattering. The academy's lower school was unaffected. As soon as I turned the corner, you could see the daylight, and I knew, you know, there's something wrong'.


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