Blast rips school; two bod­ies found

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

AP/Star Tribune/DAVID JOLES

Emer­gency per­son­nel move away as a gas fire con­tin­ues to burn af­ter an ex­plo­sion at Min­nehaha Academy on Wed­nes­day in Min­ne­ap­o­lis.

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