Minneapolis school building collapses; rescuers search for victims

Firefighters at the scene of an apparent explosion

Authorities say seven adults are hospitalized, including three with critical injuries.

Jacobson, the school spokeswoman, said Carlson graduated with the Minnehaha Academy class of 1953 and went to Sunday school there. It destroyed the main stairwell and a group of classrooms for Years 9-12. Another who was thought to be inside at the time of the explosion was later found unharmed in another location, the Tribune reported.

"It's just a very precarious situation, it's very, very unstable, there are no signs of (the missing person's) obvious location and we know there are probably at least two floors of debris", Fire Chief John Fruetel said on August 2. "... Summer Program students and staff are accounted for and safe". None of the victims were treated for burns, and majority were conscious upon arrival at the hospital.

"He loved the school, the people, and the kids - you could just tell", said a woman on Facebook, who described meeting Carlson while visiting the school as a prospective parent.

"We heard a man yell 'gas!' and 'get out!' and we saw one sprint down the street and one sprint into the building, kind of standing in the doorway, yelling it", he told WCCO. "Our hopes are that they are not in there". According to the Hennepin County Medical Center, one person remains in critical condition while the other two are in "satisfactory condition".

They suffered fractures, cuts and bruises, not burns, and that "It could have been a lot worse", he said. We will keep you informed as we learn more. "It was a bad tragedy".

Minnehaha Academy student Taytum Rhoades was one of those practicing in the gym when the building shook and lights went out.

As many as nine others were injured in the blast Wednesday morning, including Bryan Duffey. It's not clear why they were on the roof.

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According to a statement from school officials, the explosion may have been caused by a gas leak. The department says people are trapped in the rubble.

Becca Virden, a spokeswoman for CenterPoint Energy, said crews were called to the area of a school boiler room to assist.

"According to city of Minneapolis records, Eagan-based Master Mechanical Inc. was issued a permit on June 7 for "gas piping and hooking up meter" at the address". "We used to live in San Francisco, and there are two types [of earthquakes]: one is a short, quick one, the other is a longer one".

Minnesota OSHA spokeswoman Jenny O'Brien said neither were "huge penalties". She was in the school at the time of the explosion.

Within seconds of the powerful explosion, residents poured onto sidewalks and front lawns, stunned at the burning pile of rubble that moments before was a century-old school building.

"We were relieved", said Jim Miner, chief of emergency services at HCMC.

"Seconds after that.my daughter got up and was getting ready to leave out of the counselor's office and was blown back into the counselor's office by the explosion", he said.

"It was dark so we had to feel our way out", she said. Meanwhile, people who live near the site of the incident told reporters that it was a really large explosion.

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