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Two killed in US school gas explosion

03 August 2017

A natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis on August 2 collapsed part of the building, killing two people and hospitalising nine others, officials said. The explosion was caused by contractors doing work on the building, Minneapolis Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner said. Both of those killed were school staff members.

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The nine people who were injured were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, but five have since been discharged. All are adults. One of the victims remains in critical condition, while the other three are satisfactory. The injured had fractures and head injuries, but no burns.

Two floors in the centre section of the building collapsed over a sub-basement, and there was heavy damage all through the school. The structural integrity of the building is still in question.

Three people on the roof of the school needed assistance getting down, officials said.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that city records showed a local company was issued a permit on June 7 for "gas piping and hooking up meter" at the school's address.

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