Minneapolis School Partially Collapses After Explosion

2 people are unaccounted for
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2017 1:28 PM CDT
Former Minnehaha Academy employees Elizabeth Van Pilsum, left, and Rick Olson, center, react after an explosion at the school Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Minneapolis.   (David Joles)
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(Newser) – Two people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse Wednesday at a private college prep school in Minneapolis, fire officials said. The Minneapolis Fire Department said the explosion was reported at Minnehaha Academy, a Christian school serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The agency initially said three people were missing, but later said one of those people had been found uninjured, the AP reports. Police said five people were taken to a hospital with injuries, though one has since been released.

Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said three people were rescued from the roof. He said crews were working to put out a fire in the building and searching for the missing individuals who may be trapped in the rubble. He didn't immediately know whether the missing were adults or children. The Minneapolis Fire Department initially tweeted that one fatality was reported, but Tyner later said that fire officials were backing off that statement. Tyner said it appears the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line, but that the investigation is ongoing. Minnehaha Academy is on summer break, but many students and staff were at the campus for basketball practice and soccer and cross country activities. (Read more explosion stories.)

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