1 dead, 1 missing after school explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

Authorities say one school staff member is dead and another is missing after a natural gas explosion at a college prep school in Minneapolis.

Fire Chief John Fruetel says one body was found Wednesday after the explosion caused a partial building collapse at Minnehaha Academy. The private Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The fire department says both individuals worked at the school.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says the blast was caused by natural gas, and contractors were working on the building at the time.

Authorities say seven adults are hospitalized, including three with critical injuries.

Fire crews have spent hours searching through the rubble.

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(This item has been corrected to note that the dead and missing individuals are both school staff members, instead of one contractor, per updated information from authorities.)

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2:30 p.m.

Authorities say seven adults are hospitalized following a gas explosion that leveled part of a school in Minneapolis.

Hennepin County Medical Center says three patients suffered critical injuries in the explosion Wednesday at Minnehaha Academy.

The hospital’s chief of emergency medicine, Dr. Jim Miner, says the injuries range from head injuries and broken bones to cuts from debris.

Minnehaha Academy says all of its students and staff members are accounted for and safe. The private Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Local fire officials say the explosion was caused by natural gas, and contractors were working on the building at the time of the blast.

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1:10 p.m.

School officials say all students and staff are safe following an explosion at a private college prep school in Minneapolis, though authorities say two people remain unaccounted for.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says a gas explosion caused the blast and partial building collapse Wednesday at Minnehaha Academy. Fire officials say contractors were working on the building at the time.

Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner says two people are unaccounted for and one person suffered critical injuries in the blast.

The school released a statement saying all of its summer program students and staff “are accounted for and safe.”

The private Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

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12:45 p.m.

Fire officials say a gas explosion caused a fire…

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