Two killed, nine hurt in Minneapolis school explosion

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Two killed, nine hurt in Minneapolis school explosion

<p>Two people were killed and nine injured after a gas explosion tore through a Christian private school in Minneapolis, in the US state of Minnesota.</p> <p>Authorities said the blast started a fire and caused a building to collapse.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">AERIAL</span> <span class="caps">VIDEO</span> of building explosion, collapse at Minnehaha Academy. Authorities now say 3 missing. <a href="https://t.co/TzmfstCkqK">https://t.co/TzmfstCkqK</a> <a href="https://t.co/Qai9KVkHMo">pic.twitter.com/Qai9KVkHMo</a></p>— <span class="caps">KARE</span> 11 (@kare11) <a href="https://twitter.com/kare11/status/892786416844976128">August 2, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The body of a school employee was recovered from the rubble at the Minnehaha Academy about 10 hours after the explosion, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel told a news conference.</p> <p>The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the remains removed earlier in the day were those of Ruth Berg, a 47-year-old receptionist at the school who was engaged to be married.</p> <p>Family members also told local news channel <span class="caps">KARE</span> that John Carlson, an 81-year-old custodian, was missing and that no one had been able to reach him.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Second body pulled from rubble at Minnehaha Academy, two now confirmed dead<a href="https://t.co/HfFjcwoDcU">https://t.co/HfFjcwoDcU</a> <a href="https://t.co/S9gQo8EZe6">pic.twitter.com/S9gQo8EZe6</a></p>— <span class="caps">KARE</span> 11 (@kare11) <a href="https://twitter.com/kare11/status/892948396469874692">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Fruetel declined to identify either victim pending notification of their families.</p> <p>The nine people who were injured were taken to local hospitals, and one was in critical condition, Fruetel added.</p> <p>School was not in sessions because of the summer break. “It would have been dramatically worse … we were pretty lucky in that sense,” he said.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMinnehahaAcademy%2Fposts%2F10156151154843484&width=500" width="500" height="297" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"></iframe></p> <h3>Ruptured gas lines</h3> <p>Authorities said contractors were working on the building’s gas lines at the time of the explosion.</p> <p>“This is a day of extraordinary heartbreak in Minneapolis,” Mayor Betsy Hodges told reporters.</p> <p>The academy confirmed on Facebook that there had been a gas leak and explosion at its Upper School.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FMinnehahaAcademy%2Fposts%2F10156150577198484&width=500" width="500" height="341" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"></iframe></p> <p>Paul Meskan, who lives across the street from the school, said he was outside gardening and the children were out playing soccer when he heard the explosion.</p> <p>“It felt exactly like a sonic boom, and compression, and a bang and all you saw was a cloud of smoke, dust, debris. I just took off running,” he said. He and other neighbours helped pull people out of the rubble.</p> <p>The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Twitter its agents, fire investigators and trained canines were at the site of the explosion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.minnehahaacademy.net/">According to its website</a>, Minnehaha Academy was founded in 1913 and teaches more than 800 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on two campuses.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My thoughts are with the Minnehaha Academy community. Thanks to the <a href="https://twitter.com/MinneapolisFire"><code>MinneapolisFire</a> & rescuers hard at work in MN. <a href="https://t.co/rR7SXBYn74">https://t.co/rR7SXBYn74</a></p>— Sen. Al Franken (</code>SenFranken) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenFranken/status/892811114710540288">August 2, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>