MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (ALBOENEWS) — An explosion rocked a private school in Minneapolis Wednesday morning, sending nine people to the hospital, according to KARE11 in Minneapolis.
The explosion occurred around 10 a.m. local time, and may have been caused by a gas explosion, as contractors were working in the area. According to Dr. James Miner, all of the victims being treated are adults. 2 have been released, while 3 are in critical condition, and four others are in serious condition.
Two people are still unaccounted for, and are presumed to be trapped under the rubble. In a briefing at noon, Minneapolis Fire gave a statement saying that they are still attempting to extract the remaining people.
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UPDATE: Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel confirmed in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that they have recovered one body from the wreckage, with the remaining person still unaccounted for. The search is still going on, and there are also investigators on the scene.
UPDATE: In a Facebook post, Minnehaha Academy announced the identity of the person killed as Ruth Berg, who had been a receptionist at the school for 17 years. They also identified the missing person as John Carlson. The posts below:
UPDATE: A second victim has been found dead in the rubble.
Photo courtesy of KARE11 in Minneapolis.