Published: Fri, August 04, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Two dead in natural gas explosion at USA school

Two dead in natural gas explosion at USA school

John Carlson, 82, was a custodian at the school.

Hundreds gathered inside a chapel to shed tears and remember those killed or injured after a gas explosion rocked the Minnehaha Academy Upper School.

The school said Carlson was "Minnehaha's biggest cheerleader and a long-time presence in the school". Two people were killed, a school janitor and a receptionist.

A second body was pulled from the rubble following an explosion that collapsed part of a Minneapolis school building, Minneapolis Fire officials said late Wednesday.

Firefighters have said their recovery efforts are done.

Witnesses told the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that someone warned of a gas leak moments before the explosion.

Federal authorities joined the investigation on Thursday into a natural gas explosion at a U.S. school that killed two adults and sent students fleeing as a building partially collapsed. He graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1953 and sent his own kids there before returning himself after retirement.

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

Tyner said it appears the explosion might have been caused by a ruptured gas line.

Minneapolis fire officials say it appears no children were hurt in the incident. Out of three people who were earlier reported missing, one was found uninjured. Right now, though, the focus is on the rescue operations as authorities believe there are several people still trapped under the rubble of the collapsed structure. The school said all its summer program students and staff were accounted for and safe.

"The blast leveled the center of a building at the upper school at Minnehaha Academy".

Two people remain unaccounted for after a gas leak caused building to explode and catch fire at Minnehaha Academy Wednesday morning, CBS Minneapolis reports.

A statement early Thursday from Master Mechanical Inc. says the company is grateful to first responders and bystanders who came to the aid of the injured, including its employees.

Dr. Jim Miner, the hospital's chief of emergency medicine, said victims treated from the blast suffered injuries ranging from head injuries and broken bones to cuts from debris. John Carlson, also a school employee, is the person who remains missing, a school spokesperson said. Officials have not identified the second body. The institution spans two campuses: a south campus with grades pre-K through 8th grade and a north campus with grades 9-12.

One person has been confirmed dead after a portion of a Minneapolis school collapsed Wednesday morning.

The explosion happened at the Minnehaha Upper School, a Christian private school just before 11 a.m., the Minneapolis Fire Department reported. Fruetel says the medical examiner's office is working to notify family members.

"He loved people, he loved God and he loved his school", she said.

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