Explosion at Minneapolis school leaves two dead and nine injured


Two people have died and nine others were injured following a gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

According to Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner, the gas explosion at the private Christian school was caused by contractors doing work on the building. 

Authorities confirmed that the two deceased were staff members at the academy. They were identified as receptionist Ruth Berg and staff member John Carlson.

The school released a statement following the explosion expressing their condolences to the families of the deceased. 

"As our receptionist, she (Berg) welcomed everyone with a smile and was always willing to go the extra mile to help our students, families, and staff. She will be greatly missed. Please keep Ruth's family, and our school community, in your prayers."

The school said that Carlson was the academy's "biggest cheerleader and a long-time presence in the school".

"He graduated from Minnehaha in 1953, sent his children here, and after retiring from his first career he came back to work at the school. John will be deeply missed."

The nine people who were injured were taken to a local hospital for further medical care. 

Fortunately, the school was not in session at the time of the explosion due to summer break.