2 missing after explosion at Minneapolis school levels building

2 missing after explosion at Minneapolis school levels building

2 missing after explosion at Minneapolis school levels building

School President Donna Harris, who was injured in the incident, said, "Tonight is an example of the kind of caring community we are". John Carlson, also a school employee, is the person who remains missing, a school spokesperson said.

As school workers, students and neighbors gathered by the tennis courts in the northwest corner of campus, some Taher employees waited with tears in their eyes to learn the fate of co-workers. John will be deeply missed'.

Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner says two people are unaccounted for and one person suffered critical injuries in the blast.

"It could have been a lot worse", Dr. Jim Miner, Hennepin County Medical Center's chief of emergency services said during a media briefing. He says crews are searching for two missing people who may be trapped in the rubble. The structural integrity of the building is still in question.

"The natural gas supply from CenterPoint Energy was cut off, and the utility has 'well-trained, experienced crews on site who are coordinating with local emergency officials to secure the area, ' said company spokeswoman Becca Virden".

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"There was a gas leak and explosion at the Upper School", Minnehaha Academy said in a statement.

The Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through to year 12. The 2017-18 school year is set to begin August 23. Jacobson also was in the building during the explosion.

First responders said it looked like a "great big hole" in the building where the collapse occurred, with flames shooting from one side of the building. One person was evaluated and released.

"My mom jumped on top of me", she said. Aerial video footage of the school's campus showed part of a building was ripped apart, with wood splintered and bricks scattered about.

"Everything shook. All the cupboard doors were blown open", she said. Burrington said he talked to her on the phone about having lunch, then heard the blast at the school just down the street from his home.

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Three people on the roof of the school needed assistance getting down, officials said. "I could see sunlight all the way through to the other side".

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement he would provide response teams with all necessary support and resources.

Noon: Minneapolis Fire officials say they are still working to identify who the missing people are and whether or not they were in the building at the time of the explosion.

During the vigil Wednesday night, people passed out Dilly Bars in his honor.

The explosion only affected the upper school, officials said; the lower school is several miles away and is undamaged. One was a longtime receptionist and the other was a custodian at Minnehaha Academy. "At the same time the lights went out and there was some debris that fell from the ceiling, so we just got out as fast as possible".

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