Authorities have announced that a gas leak, explosion, and partial building collapse at Minnehaha Academy late Wednesday morning killed one individual and injured nine others. Additionally, one individual is still missing as of the latest reports as fire crews assess the piles of rubble following the accident.
According to officials at Hennepin County Medical Center, nine adults were admitted to the hospital and no children were injured. Three had suffered critical injuries in the blast and collapse, while four were deemed “serious”. Two individuals were released after treatment for minor injuries.
Initial reports from the Minneapolis police department have indicated that contractors that were performing work on the building may have ruptured a gas line during the course of work. The company hired to perform the work, Master Mechanical, released this statement following the accident:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the incident. We are monitoring the situation and at this time we are referring all questions about the event to the Minneapolis Fire Department out of respect for their investigation.”
At this time, the fire chief has stated that the operation is still being considered a rescue, and any further updates will be shared as soon as possible. Emergency crews are still evaluating the extent of the damage to the school, which was preparing for the new 2017-2018 school year to start on August 23rd.
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