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

Casey Dawson
August 4, 2017

Sara Jacobson, executive director of institutional advancement at the school, said about a dozen students in Upper School gym are all OK.

The school described Carlson, 82, as its "biggest cheerleader". Officials have not identified the second body.

Nine other people were admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center but at least five have been discharged.

Fire officials initially said one person was dead but later said the fatality was not confirmed.

"It had to be a significant explosion that would take out that brick and cause the building to collapse", Bryan Tyner, Minneapolis fire's assistant chief of administration, said in a media update at the scene. "I thank the many firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers who rushed to the scene this morning, and who are working still to ensure the safety of our children, adults, friends, and neighbors", he said in a statement.

Minnehaha Academy senior Chimali Day was in the school counselor's office, her parents by her side, when the sudden warning came.

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

The two people who died in a gas explosion at a Minneapolis school have been named. Three people were rescued from the building's roof shortly after the explosion and fire, Tyner said. The students attending summer school were in a different part of the building, but two staff members were missing.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Minnehaha Academy officials said: "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".

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The Star Tribune reported that city records showed Master Mechanical was issued a permit on June 7 for "gas piping and hooking up meter" at the school's address.

A company official released a statement saying it was monitoring the situation and referring all questions to the Minneapolis Fire Department. The few students on campus were knocked off their feet as windows shattered and multiple floors crumbled.

"We were relieved", said Jim Miner, chief of emergency services at HCMC. "We also have crews making sure that the structural integrity of the building is good enough that we can get in, and search the rubble for any people that may be trapped in there and extricate them out from under the collapse".

The school's campuses reopen on August 23.

The school has two campuses, a south campus with pre-school through 8th grade.

Crews were checking the structural integrity of the building. The school didn't immediately return a message seeking comment following Fruetel's news conference.

"Everything shook. All the cupboard doors were blown open", she said.

An initial reported fatality turned out to be untrue, and police reported at 1 p.m. there were no confirmed fatalities at that time.

Tuition fees at the Minnehaha Academy cost between $12,470 A year for kindergarteners and $21,280 for those in Grade 12.

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