Nine people were injured and two people were killed after a gas leak and explosion occurred at the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, leaving rescuers to search through the devastation.
Ruth Berg, a business office assistant with the school, and John Carlson, a beloved janitor, were killed. “She was supposed to have been married in October,” CBS Local reported. Three of the injured were in critical condition. No children were hurt. There is a GoFundMe site established to help both victims’ families.
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Dramatic reports emerged from the scene of the tragedy, which was preliminarily suspected to have been caused by a severed gas line at the preK-12th grade Christian school in Minnesota.
KVUE-TV reported that rescuers were searching for the three missing people who were missing in the rubble. Their ages and identities were not yet clear. One person was later found unharmed, reducing the number of those missing to two.
Although there were initial reports that a person had died, authorities later said that any deaths were not confirmed as prayers circulated on social media for the school.
There were ongoing fire suppression efforts at the school.
KVUE reported that three other people were rescued from a roof of the school in a dramatic scene.
The school confirmed the explosion had occurred in a brief statement and said that emergency responders were at the scene. Details were scant as the incident had just occurred.
Observers at the scene labeled it “scary” on social media.
“Rescues are underway for victims after a building exploded and collapsed at Minnehaha Academy,” reported KVUE.
Photos showed the devastation in part of the school building.
Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton, released a statement that said, “My office is in continuous contact with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as emergency personnel respond to this emergency. The State will provide any and all resources necessary to aid first responders in their efforts to ensure the safety of all those impacted by this morning’s explosion. I thank the many firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers who rushed to the scene this morning, and who are working still to ensure the safety of our children, adults, friends and neighbors.”
Reporters at the scene said that part of the school building had collapsed.
Those at the scene said the explosion was “massive.”
Minnehaha Academy is a Christian School located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “In 1884, Rev. Erik August Skogsbergh had a vision for education that inspired Minnehaha Academy. He believed in the importance of quality education with Christian faith as its center.