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UPDATE: 2nd body found in rubble after school explosion

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

10 p.m.

Officials say a second body has been recovered after an explosion and partial building collapse at a Minneapolis school.

Fire Chief John Fruetel says the body was found around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Fruetel says the medical examiner's office is working to notify family members.

Fruetel says the cause of the natural gas explosion at the Minnehaha Academy remains under investigation. The private Christian school serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The school earlier said receptionist Ruth Berg also died in the blast, and that janitor John Carlson was missing. At a news conference Wednesday night, Fruetel did not specify whether Carlson's body was the one located.

The state fire marshal's office is aiding in the investigation.

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3:10 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.

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.

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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UPDATE: A section of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis collapsed after an explosion Wednesday morning, and crews are now searching for two people unaccounted for.

Five people were transported to the hospital; one person was evaluated and released, according to the department.

Four people remain at the hospital; one person is in critical condition.

Windows were popped out of frames and ceiling tiles fell down inside the school. Some students were on-hand for extra-curricular activities at the school, though the numbers of students is not believed to have been large.

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UPDATE: A section of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis collapsed after an explosion Wednesday morning, and crews are searching for three people who are unaccounted for, although they did not say who those people are.

Bryan Tyner, assistant chief of administration for the Minneapolis Fire Department, said the explosion was the result of a suspected ruptured gas line, which then caught on fire.

Tyner said three people were rescued from the roof. He also said three people were unaccounted for, and it is currently unknown if those individuals are adults or children.

In addition to Minneapolis authorities, medics with the St. Paul Fire Department also responded to the scene to provide aid.

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A section of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis collapsed Wednesday afternoon, according to video from KSTP-TV.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, crews were responding to the scene at 3100 West River Parkway.

Originally, the Minneapolis Fire Department reported one fatality. However, the department then said that fatality had not been confirmed. People were also trapped in the building, according to authorities.

Minnehaha Academy issued the following statement:

There was a gas leak and explosion at the Upper School. Emergency responders are on the scene. This only affects the Upper School. If you need to pick up a person from the school, pick up on Edmond Blvd. We will keep you informed as we learn more.

Sara Jacobson, executive director of institutional advancement for the school, told KSTP's Todd Wilson there were a dozen students in the gym when the apparent explosion happened. She said those students are OK because the gym was not close to the site of the apparent explosion.

Jacobson said there were faculty from the school in the area of the apparent explosion. She said it is currently unknown if they’re OK.

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