2nd body found after gas explosion, collapse in Minneapolis

Firefighters at the scene of an apparent explosion

Firefighters at the scene of an apparent explosion

School officials announced the explosion Wednesday morning in a Facebook post, noting that emergency responders were on the scene. One patient was in critical condition and three more were in a satisfactory condition. Among the injured in the blast: Minnehaha Academy President Donna Harris, who returned to the scene hours later, leaning on others for help. Another who was thought to be inside at the time of the explosion was later found unharmed in another location, the Tribune reported.

They exited the building out a back door, and that's when he said he realized the severity of the situation.

"He loved people, he loved God and he loved his school", she said. He said that rubble is being combed for the pair but they could also be "walking around out here". MFD reports 2 people remain unaccounted for. "Our hopes are that they are not in there".

Three people on the roof needed assistance getting down.

Jim Miner, the chief of emergency medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center, confirmed to KSTP-TV that seven people were taken to the hospital initially and two more had recently arrived.

They suffered fractures, cuts and bruises, not burns, and that "It could have been a lot worse", he said. "It was a awful tragedy".

Last year, Minnehaha Academy's student newspaper ran a profile of Carlson.

By late Wednesday afternoon, one of the victims - Bryan Duffey - was still in critical condition.

Minnehaha Academy officials say the blast, fire and collapse Wednesday morning killed Ruth Berg, the school's receptionist for 17 years.

Chief Fruetel says investigators will work to determine the cause of the explosion in the coming days.

The initial call came in about 10:10 a.m.as a building explosion with people possibly trapped.

Gas is supplied by CenterPoint Energy. "The cause of the incident is not known at this time and we will conduct an investigation to determine the cause".

Minneapolis records show the city issued a permit June 7 to Master Mechanical Inc. of Eagan for "gas piping and hooking up meter".

Two floors collapsed over a sub-basement that soon was filled with water from the hoses used to battle the fire. Jenny O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said in 2010 there was a violation related to protecting an employee from falling. She was in the school at the time of the explosion.

Residents who live near the school could hear the explosion from blocks away.

Jacobson said there were faculty from the school in the area of the apparent explosion. He said someone had smelled gas. She said the explosion was instantaneous with their warning to evacuate.

"If it had been the school year, hundreds of kids would have been in that exact spot", a recent graduate told KSTP.

She was reportedly planning to get married in October. The power went out, windows shattered and glass and ceiling tiles "rained down", she said.