2 Missing After Minnehaha Academy Explosion, Collapse
Two people are still unaccounted for after an apparent natural gas explosion and partial building collapse Wednesday morning at Minnehaha Academy's Upper School in Minneapolis.
Three people were rescued off the roof of one of the buildings, and another person believed missing was found uninjured.
Several people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Just after 1 p.m., Dr. James Miner, head of emergency medicine at HCMC, reported three people were in critical condition, four were in serious condition and two had been released.
While officials haven't yet identified the missing individuals, Barbara Carlson says she hasn't heard from her 82-year-old husband John Carlson, who was known to be in the building at the time of the collapse.
"I'm very frightened because if there is two people there that they don't know who they are," she said. "I want to know who they are. Right now, I'm just kinda hung up and the stress factor is a little high."
Carlson said the family has contacted the hospital. They said he wasn't brought in with other victims. The custodian is a graduate of Minnehaha Academy. He went back to work there 14 years ago.
The Minneapolis Fire Department initially tweeted that one fatality was reported, but authorities haven't been able to confirm that report, and Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said they are backing off that statement.
Tyner said crews were working to put out a fire in the building in the 3100 block of West River Parkway and searching for the two missing people who may be trapped in the rubble. He didn't immediately know whether the missing individuals were adults or children.
Tyner said it appears the explosion might have been caused by a ruptured gas line, but that the investigation is ongoing.