Explosion at Minneapolis School Kills 2 Staff Members

Explosion at Minneapolis School Kills 2 Staff Members

Explosion at Minneapolis School Kills 2 Staff Members

"It's a wonderful job for me because I still have a lot of energy".

Fruetel said the bodies were located close together.

Minnesota fire officials said in a tweet that a natural gas explosion was possibly the cause of the collapse, which left people trapped and possibly killed one person.

Statement from Master Mechanical, the contractors working at #minnehahaacademy when gas line was hit.

The Hennepin County Emergency Management confirms that natural gas from contracted construction caused the school explosion.

A Christian school with 825 registered students, the Minnehaha Academy was founded in 1913. Firefighters were working to extricate people from the rubble of the school in the 3100 block of West River Parkway. At the time of the blast, year round staff members were in the building along with student basketball players. Teens who had been playing soccer in the field between were running, screaming, he said.

"I'm not confident that they are in there", he told the Star Tribune.

According to the Daily Mail, a small number of children were in the gym and on the field at the time of the explosion, but authorities said the students were not harmed.

Fire officials say a gas explosion caused a fire and partial building collapse at a college prep school in Minneapolis.

"As soon as I was getting out it just happened", Day said.

Jacobson, the administrator, was in a second-floor office when she heard a blast. She was unharmed, he said.

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When he turned 79, Carlson ran the school's 5K homecoming run, which struck many as appropriate.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said his office was in contact with various Minneapolis agencies, and the state "will provide any and all resources necessary to aid first responders in their efforts to ensure the safety of all those impacted by this morning's explosion".

"This is a day of extraordinary heartbreak in Minneapolis", Mayor Betsy Hodges told the news conference.

"The school is at the heart of a neighborhood and at the heart of a community", Hodges said. The blast partially collapsed a building on the school's campus. He was a caring individual who always handed out Dilly Bars to the students, WCCO reported.

Jacobson, the school spokeswoman, said Carlson graduated with the Minnehaha Academy class of 1953 and went to Sunday school there. She was in the school at the time of the explosion.

Minnehaha Academy says Ruth Berg worked at the school for 17 years before she was killed Wednesday in the explosion.

He said the victim's family members were being notified. "When she came into a room, you knew it was Ruth".

"I've spent half my life there I might as well work there too. It was pretty incredible".

The school had identified the man earlier as John Carlson, 81.

The school lists multiple summer programs in session including woodworking, intermediate band, advanced band and driver's education.

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