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2 missing, 7 hospitalized after explosion at Minneapolis school

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

School officials say all students and staff are safe following the explosion at a private Christian school in Minneapolis, but authorities say two people remain unaccounted for.

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.

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


UPDATES:

12:50 p.m.: This post has been updated with authorities saying seven adults are hospitalized and two people are missing.

11:35 a.m.: This post has been updated with fire officials saying two people are unaccounted for, one person suffered critical injuries, and school officials saying students and staff are safe.

9:42 a.m.: This post has been updated with fire officials saying three people are unaccounted for, and that they now can’t confirm one fatality.

This post originally published at 9 a.m.

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