School building collapses in Minneapolis, 1 death is ‘not confirmed’

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
August 2, 2017US News
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School building collapses in Minneapolis, 1 death is ‘not confirmed’
Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. (Google Street View)

A school building has collapsed in Minneapolis, according to reports on Wednesday morning.

There were also reports of an explosion at the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, officials said, CNN reported.

Fire crews are searching for possible victims and are extinguishing a blaze at the building.

Officials said that one person died, but it later tweeted that the death wasn’t confirmed.

The Minneapolis fire department tweeted that the explosion and fire may have been triggered by natural gas, Fox reported.

As the Star Tribune reported:

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.

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