A private Christian school in Minneapolis has suffered a massive gas explosion. Reports suggest that a natural gas explosion hit Minnehaha Academy’s upper school, leading to partial collapse of a part of the massive building. Till now officials have claimed that at least two people are mission while several people are injured.
Fire department officials have said that till now two people remain unaccounted. Officials also said that the third missing person was later found injured, though without life threatening injuries.
The partial collapse of a building was reported from close to E. Lake Street in the 3100 block of West River Parkway. Reports suggest that a massive fire that erupted in the Minnehaha Academy’s upper school is still to be controlled.
Minnehaha Academy is a well-known and a very respected Christian private school in Minneapolis, Minnesota for students in preschool through 12th grade, and established in 1913. There are two campuses, the South Campus for preschool through 8th graders, and the North Campus, for 9th through 12th graders. It is a ministry of the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, and is located in the Cooper and Hiawatha neighborhoods on West River Parkway. The student body is drawn from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and throughout the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, as well as several international students.
Authorities claim that besides the missing people, five people have been taken away to a hospital, and one person was evaluated at the scene and released. Fire personnel rescued three people off the roof and are looking for “three people who are unaccounted for,” Tyner added. A statement from school administrators said the explosion involved a natural gas leak affecting only the upper school. The academy’s lower school is many blocks downriver and unaffected.