Minnehaha Academy victims remembered

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A day after an apparent gas explosion and partial building collapse killed two longtime employees of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, students and staff are remembering Ruth Berg and John Carlson as kind, warm fixtures of a tight-knit community.

"Being briefed regularly by Chief Fruetel and Acting Chief Arradondo regarding the gas explosion and building collapse at Minnehaha Academy", mayor Betsy Hodges tweeted shortly after news broke.

August 2-A section of a Christian school in Minneapolis collapsed Wednesday morning when a gas leak caused a large explosion and fire. "Deeply saddened to learn that former South High student Ruth Berg died in today's explosion at Minnehaha Academy", the school wrote.

Recent Minnehaha Academy graduate Ashley Mullen, 18, held hands with her friend Abby outside the wreckage of a school building as they awaited news Wednesday about the woman that a generation of students had literally grown up with.

The blast pushed part of the building's wall outwards, causing the roof to collapse and pancaking two floors into rubble, according to fire chief John Fruetel. HCMC tweeted at 9:19 p.m. that they are now treating four people - one is critical and three are in satisfactory condition.

By late Wednesday afternoon, one of the victims - Bryan Duffey - was still in critical condition. They suffered injuries ranging from head injuries and broken bones to cuts from debris, according to Dr. Jim Miner, the hospital's chief of emergency medicine.

AP writes that school official Sara Jacobson says Carlson graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1953, and that the school is hoping for a miracle.

Agency spokesman Eric Weiss said the NTSB team is expected to arrive Thursday at Minnehaha Academy.


Minnehaha Academy is a Christian private school in Minneapolis, Minnesota for students in preschool through 12th grade, and established in 1913. He said that rubble is being combed for the pair but they could also be "walking around out here".

Fruetel said a search is underway to find Carlson and it is being considered a rescue operation.

Josh Thurow, the school's athletic director and girls basketball coach, was with a half dozen players having open gym at the time of the explosion.

"Berg was supposed to have been fitted for her wedding dress today".

A prayer service arranged after the blast was standing-room-only Wednesday night at the school's lower campus.

The situation at the Upper School was being managed by Minneapolis emergency personnel, it said. As soon as I turned the corner, you could see the daylight, and I knew, you know, there's something wrong'. "Believe me when I say she loved you to bits and loved her work".

"Knocked me off my feet, and I fell back", Mr. Mahler told WCCO-TV.

Gov. Mark Dayton issued a statement saying his office was in continuous contact with Minneapolis officials.

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