Explosion, Collapse at Minneapolis School

Section of Minneapolis school collapses, at Least 1 Dead

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a team to Minneapolis to investigate the explosion that caused a school building to collapse Wednesday, killing two staff members and injuring several others.

Hundreds gathered inside a chapel to shed tears and remember those killed or injured after a gas explosion rocked the Minnehaha Academy Upper School. School officials confirmed that 81-year-old John Carlson, an alumnus of the school who returned to work as a janitor in 2003, was missing. According to officials, the explosion was caused by a gas leak while contractors were working in the area. HCMC tweeted at 9:19 p.m. that they are now treating four people - one is critical and three are in satisfactory condition.

One person, identified as Bryan Duffey, is in critical condition.

City of Minneapolis records obtained by the Star Tribune said Master Mechanical Inc had a permit for "gas piping and hooking up meter" at the school.

- Lou Raguse (@LouRaguse) August 2, 2017Carlson is known for handing out Dilly Bars at school.

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Dr. James Miner, chief of Emergency Medicine for HCMC, said during a news conference that this is something the hospital trains for and they were well prepared for the aftermath of Wednesday's explosion. Minnehaha Academy said the explosion killed Ruth Berg, the school's receptionist for 17 years.

Agency spokesman Eric Weiss said the NTSB team is expected to arrive Thursday at Minnehaha Academy.

Founded in 1913, Minnehaha Academy is a Christian school, which had over 800 students enrolled during the 2015-2016 school year, with the upper school housing grades 9-12. He said, "It sounded like a large door shutting and there was some debris that fell from the ceiling, so we just got out as fast as possible". "Smoke went up and knocked most of us back". She said those students are OK because the gym was not close to the site of the apparent explosion.

Also among those on the campus were girls for summer cross-country practice, and school basketball and soccer players. The school said the blast only affected the "upper school".

After the explosion, the school posted an alert to its Facebook page.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said the state was in touch with local authorities to assist in the response.

"Berg was supposed to have been fitted for her wedding dress today". "I could see sunlight all the way through to the other side".

As school workers, students and neighbors gathered by the tennis courts in the northwest corner of campus, some Taher employees waited with tears in their eyes to learn the fate of co-workers.

Three individuals on the top of the school required help getting down, authorities said. Shortly after, there was an enormous blast that thumped him off his feet, he told WCCO, "and afterward it was simply kinda mayhem from that point".

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