Vigil held at campus where building collapsed

Explosion, Collapse At Minnehaha Academy Explosion

Minneapolis school explosion levels building

Ruth Berg, staff member who was killed, being described by everyone as caring, kind person.

At just before 10 p.m., Fire Chief John Fruetel announced that searchers had been able to locate and remove the body of the missing male victim, who had been identified by the school as 81-year-old school custodian John Carlson, at about 8 p.m., bringing the death toll to two.

Fire officials said a second body was recovered from the rubble Wednesday night.

According to Brian Tyner, the assistant chief of administration for the Minneapolis Fire Department, the number of injured people were greatly reduced because it was summertime.

Seven people were initially admitted to Hennepin County Medical Center with injuries. All of those reported missing or injured are adults, they said.

Four people remained hospitalized with injuries, including one in critical condition.

In a statement, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said the state was in touch with local authorities to assist in the response.

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One person is dead and another is missing after a natural gas explosion demolished part of a private school in Minneapolis.

The north campus houses the Upper School (grades 9-12) and was the campus affected by the apparent gas explosion Wednesday.

Firefighters rescued three school employees from the roof of the building, a father visiting the school at the time of the explosion said.

School officials said all of the students - some of whom were on the field at the time, and many of whom were in the gym - had been accounted for.

Chimali Day, a senior at Minnehaha Academy, told the Star Tribune she was in her counselor's office with her parents when she heard an employee yell, "Get out, there's a gas leak!"

According to city records, Minneapolis issued a permit for Master Mechanical, Inc., to work on the building, CBS Minneapolis reports.

A company official released a statement saying it was monitoring the situation and referring all questions to the Minneapolis Fire Department.

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"It would have been dramatically worse. we were pretty lucky in that sense", he said. Meskan said he and other people who rushed to help found a man pinned under the rubble.

WCCO-TV reported that hundreds of people gathered Wednesday evening for a prayer vigil about a mile from the school.

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

Three people on the roof needed assistance getting down. She also said there were faculty from the school in the area of the explosion and that their condition was unknown.

"He is the sweetest man in the world", one message read.

Swanson, who lives across the hall from Carlson in a Minneapolis senior housing building, had arrived at the scene to look for him on behalf of Carlson's wife.

The fire is out and there is no one left in the building, officials said at a news conference.

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Keith Kostman, 54, worked at Minnehaha Academy for eight years in the information technology department. Crews are extinguishing the fire, searching for victims and performing extrications.

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