Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were sent to a Minneapolis school Thursday to look into an apparent natural gas explosion and partial building collapse that killed two people and injured at least nine, including one critically.
"This is a day of extraordinary heartbreak", Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges told reporters.
Aide Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said the gas blast was caused by temporary workers doing chip away at the building. Sara Jacobson, executive director of institutional advancement at the school, said about a dozen students were in the gym and about 35 to 50 people were in the entire building complex on the campus, which overlooks the Mississippi River just south of the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The school confirmed two administrative staff members were killed. The school said all its summer program students and staff were accounted for and safe. Fire crews are actively searching for the remaining unaccounted for people while also attempting to extinguish the fire as its feed by the ruptured gas line. One patient was in critical condition and three more were in a satisfactory condition.
Minneapolis records show the city issued a permit June 7 to Master Mechanical Inc. of Eagan for "gas piping and hooking up meter".
He began his caretaker job at the school in 2003 and was known for his generosity in handing out ice cream bars to staff and students.
The victims reportedly suffered injuries ranging from head wounds and broken bones to cuts from debris. He said that after police and firefighters arrived, "we kept digging, and gas, gas was going".
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She was a "friendly face - anyone who called the school would go to her", Mullen said.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said his office "is in continuous contact with the city of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as emergency personnel respond to this emergency".
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Former bus driver John Carlson, 81, didn't just make a second career of his custodial work at Minnehaha Academy. The school says on its Facebook page that it is praying for Duffey's healing.
"Knocked me off my feet, and I fell back", Mr. Mahler told WCCO-TV.
Tuition and fees for the school range from about $12,000 for kindergarten to more than $21,000 for a senior in high school.
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