A massive gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy’s upper school has caused havoc with the one of the best private schools in Minneapolis. A portion of one of the buildings has been partially destroyed, while two people are yet to be accounted for.
Reports suggest that at least five people have been taken to hospital. One of the three persons, who were initially said to be missing following the massive explosion, has been found, though with injuries all over the body.
The loss would have been much bigger, had the explosion taken place when all the students were there. It is summer break and except students and teachers who were there for basketball practice, not many were there.
Authorities claim that as many as three people were rescued off the roof of one of the buildings, and another person believed missing was found uninjured. Five people were taken to a hospital with injuries, although one has since been released.
In a Facebook message posted on the school’s facebook page, the school administration said, that “all of our Summer Program students and staff are accounted for and safe.” 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.
Minnehaha Academy is a Christian school and one of the best in the area. The Minnehaha Academy educational program, which begins at the Lower School in preschool and goes through the Upper School in 12th grade, sends many students on to both Minnesota-based colleges and universities and many out-of-state schools. At M.A., class sizes generally range from 18-24 students. 85% of Upper School faculty members hold advanced degrees, 66% among Middle School faculty and 55% among Lower School faculty.
Minnehaha Academy is a member of the Independent Metro Athletic Conference & the Minnesota State High School League at the high school level and the South Side Youth Organization at the middle school level. Minnehaha Academy withdrew from the Tri-Metro Conference, effective in the fall of 2014. Students in Middle School and Upper School can select organized athletics including 25 varsity sports. 75% of Upper School students participate and 88% of middle school students participate in athletic programs. There is no denying that Minnehaha Academy gas explosion 2017 has come as a rude shock for the entire educational fraternity.