1 Dead, 1 Still Missing After Explosion Collapses Part of Minnesota School: Fire Officials

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2 August 2017 | 8:20 pm

One person has died and another remains missing Wednesday after an explosion at a Minnesota college prep school caused part of the building to collapse.

The explosion Wednesday morning collapsed part of the school building and temporarily trapped people inside as fire crews worked to extinguish the flames, fire officials said.

The collapse took place at Minnehaha Academy in the 3100 block of West River Parkway, near the Mississippi River. Minnesota fire officials said in a tweet that a natural gas explosion was possibly the cause of the collapse, which left people trapped.

Minneapolis police tweeted that fire department officials confirmed one fatality and one missing person

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Earlier reports said five people were transported to an area hospital and three others remained unaccounted for. The conditions of those transported were not immediately known. One person was also evaluated at the scene and released, authorities said. 

NBC affiliate KARE 11 reported that school officials said all students have been accounted for. 

Minnehaha officials informed their Facebook followers that a gas leak and explosion took place at the Upper School, but did not share more details on what took place or how many people were affected.

Crews were working to extinguish flames and rescue or search for anyone inside. 

Published 5 hours ago | Updated 25 minutes ago

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