At least one dead after reported explosion at Minnesota school

Posted at 12:03 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 13:08:17-04

Three people are unaccounted for after an explosion and partial building collapse Wednesday at a Minneapolis school, fire officials said.

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 they were backing off that statement.

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 three missing individuals who may be trapped in the rubble. He didn't immediately know when the missing were adults or children.

Tyner 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.

Even though it is summer break, many students, teachers and coaches were at the school for sport programs, summer school and other activities.

The school said in a post on its Facebook page that the explosion only affected the Upper School, and staff inside the building reported hearing a loud noise and feeling the building shake.

Sara Jacobson, executive director of institutional advancement at the school, said about a dozen students in Upper School gym are all OK.