Two people are unaccounted for and five were hospitalized Wednesday after an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak leveled part of a Minnesota school building, emergency authorities said.
Minneapolis Fire crews are “extinguishing fire, searching for victims and extricating” at Minnehaha Academy, a pre-K to 12th grade Christian school in the city. All of the injured people are adults, with one in critical condition.
The fire department originallya fatality has been reported, but around 15 minutes later it has not been confirmed. Later details said two people were missing and one they were searching for was found uninjured.
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) August 2, 2017
“We are backing off (the reported fatality) at this time,” Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner told the Star Tribune, adding three people were rescued off of the roof.
The Star Tribune also said there were female students on campus for summer cross-country practice, as well as school basketball and soccer players. One of the runners said the team had just left the building and described the scene.
“All the windows just burst out,” she said. “There was a huge explosion that was so loud that it just shook your insides.”
Kylee Kassebaum, a sophomore cross-country runner was inside the building when the explosion occurred; her observations: pic.twitter.com/ND07OlByvm
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) August 2, 2017