BREAKING: Explosion at U.S. school, possible casualties


MINNESOTA — A building explosion and fire at Minnehaha Academy on Wednesday morning left three people missing as emergency personnel in Minneapolis responded to the incident. The explosion may have been caused by a gas leak, according to the school, a private Christian PreK-12 school.

Police and the Minneapolis Fire Department report that three people had to be rescued. In all, five people have been taken to the hospital so far, and one person has already been evaluated and released.

Helicopter footage revealed flames and wreckage through the center of the building, and one fatality was reported but not confirmed by the fire department.

Crews continue on the scene fighting the fire, believed to be caused by a natural gas explosion. The Minneapolis Fire Department has concluded that people are trapped in the rubble.

According to CBS Minneapolis, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has been in touch with local authorities, and he said the state will “provide any and all resources necessary to aid first responders” and those affected by the blast.

CBS reports that Allison Schmitz, whose child attends Minnehaha, said people were given 15 seconds to evacuate after the purported gas leak.

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