Authorities confirmed one of the employees killed was Ruth Berg, who had been the receptionist at the school for 17 years. He says the building is unstable and noted that making it safe for rescuers will take time.
'John Carlson was Minnehaha's biggest cheerleader and a long-time presence in the school. Nine others were injured and taken to Hinnepin County Medical Center, CBS Minneapolis reports.
Four victims were said to be in serious condition, and two had "very minor trauma" according to HCMC chief of emergency services, Dr Jim Miner.
We continue to monitor the situation and are working in full cooperation with the Minneapolis Fire Department.
Carlson remained missing throughout the day, but his body was recovered from the collapsed center section of the sprawling school building complex at 8 p.m.
The explosion was caused by a gas leak as contractors were doing work on the building, Tanner said.
A statement from Master Mechanical early Thursday said its employees were among the injured.
The victims reportedly suffered injuries ranging from head wounds and broken bones to cuts from debris. He was a custodian at the school and was described as a grandfather to students and staff. Carlson also graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1953.
Local fire officials say the explosion was caused by natural gas, and contractors were working on the building at the time of the blast.
The two people who died in a gas explosion at a Minneapolis school have been named.
The Hennepin County Emergency Management confirms that natural gas from contracted construction caused the school explosion.
A staff member of the school, Sara Jacobson said that dozens of the student were in the upper portion of the school but they all are safe.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Minnehaha Academy officials said: "As our receptionist, she welcomed everyone with a smile and was always willing to go the extra mile to help our students, families, and staff".
Fire officials are still assessing how to inspect the impacted area. He wouldn't confirm to The Associated Press that company workers were on site, saying: "We are trying to figure it out". He also said two people were still unaccounted for, and it is now unknown if those individuals are adults or children.
Minnehaha Academy President Donna Harris survived the explosion.
Chief Tyner said that the rest of the building has been cleared by firefighters. Meskan said he and other people who rushed to help found a man pinned under the rubble.
Five people were transported to the hospital, one of whom is in critical condition.
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The school was first founded in 1913 and lists an enrollment of 341 in grades 9-12.
However, three people are unaccounted for, according to the local fire department.
They exited the building out a back door, and that's when he said he saw how severe it was. "He could tell you stories about the buildings, about people".
"He knew everything about the school", Kostman said.
"We come here tonight to encourage one another and support one another", said Matthew Kennedy, lead pastor at Bethlehem Covenant Church.
"My office is in continuous contact with the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as emergency personnel respond to this emergency".
"At this point we don't have any fatalities", Assistant Minneapolis Fire Chief Brian Tyner told reporters outside the school.
Family members arriving at Minnehaha Academy are encouraged to go to the Metro Transit buses at Minnehaha Parkway at 32nd Street for information.
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