Blast rips school; two bodies found
MINNEAPOLIS — At least two people died in a natural gas explosion Wednesday at a private school in Minneapolis, authorities said.
The first body was found in the rubble of a building that partially collapsed during the explosion at the Minnehaha Academy, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said during a news conference. The Christian college-prep school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
The school said Wednesday evening that longtime receptionist Ruth Berg died in the blast and that janitor John Carlson remained unaccounted for.
A second body was found later Wednesday, though authorities didn’t specify whether it was Carlson.
Four adults were hospitalized, including one with critical injuries, at Hennepin County Medical Center. They suffered injuries ranging from head injuries and broken bones to cuts from debris, according to Dr. Jim Miner, the hospital’s chief of emergency medicine.
Contractors were doing work on the building at the time of the blast, which investigators determined was caused by a gas explosion, according to Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner.
Emergency personnel move away as a gas fire continues to burn after an explosion at Minnehaha Academy on Wednesday in Minneapolis.