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Minneapolis (WQOW) - Rescue crews have found the second body in the rubble after an explosion and building collapse at a private school in Minneapolis.

Fire Chief John Fruetel said the second body was found around 8 p.m. Wednesday. He said the medical examiner's office is working to notify family members.

Authorities said the school receptionist, Ruth Berg, also died in the blat, and that janitor John Carlson was missing. At a news conference Wednesday night, Fruetel did not specify whether Carlson's body was the second one located.

Authorities said a natural gas explosion caused part of the Minnehaha Academy, a private Christian school that serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, to collapse. Contractors were reportedly working on the building when it happened.

Jack Mahler, a witness, said, "We heard a man yell, 'Gas', and 'Get out'. There was a huge explosion. It knocked me ... off my feet."

Currently, seven adults are hospitalized and three are critically injured.


Posted Aug. 2, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities said two people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse at a grade school in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Fire Department initially tweeted that one fatality was reported in the collapse at Minnehaha Academy. But, fire officials haven't been able to confirm that report, and Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said officials are backing off that statement.

Tyner said three people were rescued from the roof, and another person initially believed missing was found unhurt. He said crews are searching for two missing people who may be trapped in the rubble.

Police said five people were taken to a hospital with injuries, including one who has since been released.

Minnehaha Academy is a Christian college prep school, serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.


11:35 a.m.

Fire officials said three people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school.

The Minneapolis Fire Department initially tweeted that one fatality was reported in Wednesday's collapse at Minnehaha Academy. But, fire officials haven't been able to confirm that report, and Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said they are backing off that statement.

Tyner said three people were rescued from the building's roof. He said crews are searching for others who might be trapped in the rubble, including three people who are unaccounted for. He didn't immediately know when the missing are adults or children.

He said it appears the explosion might have been caused by a ruptured gas line, but that the investigation is ongoing.

Minnehaha Academy is a Christian college prep school, serving students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.


Posted Aug. 2, 2017 at 11:07 a.m.:

MINNEAPOLIS (KSTP) - A section of Minnehaha Academy collapsed Wednesday afternoon, Chopper 5 shows.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, crews were responding to the scene at 3100 West River Parkway.

Originally, the Minneapolis Fire Department reported one fatality. However, the department then said that fatality had not been confirmed. People were also trapped in the building, according to authorities.

Minnehaha Academy issued the following statement:

There was a gas leak and explosion at the Upper School. Emergency responders are on the scene. This only affects the Upper School. If you need to pick up a person from the school, pick up on Edmond Blvd. We will keep you informed as we learn more.

Sara Jacobson, executive director of institutional advancement for the school, told KSTP's Todd Wilson there were a dozen students in the gym when the apparent explosion happened. She said those students are OK because the gym was not close to the site of the apparent explosion.

Jacobson said there were faculty from the school in the area of the apparent explosion. She said it is currently unknown if they’re OK.

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