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Minneapolis Police Confirm Second Person Dead in School Collapse

Minneapolis Police Confirm Second Person Dead in School Collapse

On its Facebook page, the school says Berg "welcomed everyone with a smile and was always willing to go the extra mile to help our students".

" 'Here's a Dilly bar, ' said custodian John Carlson". Five injured people were taken to the hospital.

Rescuers pulled the body of the final missing person from the rubble late Wednesday at a Minnesota private Christian school. HCMC tweeted at 9:19 p.m. that they are now treating four people - one is critical and three are in satisfactory condition. However, the department then said that fatality had not been confirmed.

The fire chief says the exact cause of the explosion remains unclear. Dr. Jim Miner, the hospital's chief of emergency medicine, said victims suffered injuries ranging from head injuries and broken bones to cuts from debris.

Authorities say seven adults are hospitalized following a gas explosion that leveled part of a school in Minneapolis.

Nine people were hospitalised at Hennepin County Medical Centre (HCMC) after the explosion, three in critical condition and one was treated and released.

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

"My office is in continuous contact with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as emergency personnel respond to this emergency", Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said in a statement. Contractors were reportedly working on the building at the time of the explosion.

The blast pushed part of the building's wall outwards causing the roof to collapse, according to fire chief John Fruetel.

Two school staff members who did not want be named said "it was an understatement" to say that Carlson lived and breathed Minnehaha Academy.

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"Tonight is an example of the kind of caring community we are", Minnehaha Academy President Donna M. Harris, who was injured in the explosion, said during the prayer service at the academy's lower and middle campus.

According to its website, Minnehaha Academy was founded in 1913 and teaches more than 800 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on two campuses.

Fire officials are still assessing how to inspect the impacted area.

"This is a deep, deep loss for us", she said.

Three people were initially reported missing, but one was recovered some time around noon local time, officials said.

At this time, 3 people are unaccounted.

One of the first things John Barron saw in the immediate aftermath of the explosion were his neighbors running toward the scene.

The counselor they were meeting with, Kristin Overton - who is 7 months pregnant - jumped over her desk and took cover, when the windows shattered and the ceiling came down. "We checked in and offered our assistance ... there were a few people stuck on the roof out here that they were just trying to get away safely".

Crews were checking the structural integrity of the building.

He said that his daughter went to the door when the alarm went off, but was blown back by the explosion.