School Building Collapses in Minneapolis

1 death is 'not confirmed' -- 5 taken to hospital
August 2, 2017 Updated: August 2, 2017

A school building has collapsed in Minneapolis, according to reports on Wednesday morning. Officials say that at least five people were taken to the hospital, and there are unconfirmed reports saying one person died. Three people are unaccounted for, according to the Star Tribune.

There were also reports of an explosion at the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, officials said, CNN reported.

Fire crews are searching for possible victims and are extinguishing a blaze at the building.

Officials said that one person died, but later tweeted that the death wasn’t confirmed.

The Minneapolis Fire Department added that the cause of the explosion appears to have been related to natural gas, CBS News reported. It said that people are currently trapped in the rubble of the building.

The Minneapolis Police Department tweeted: “3 unaccounted for, 5 transported to the hospital, 1 evaluated [and] released.”

The Minneapolis fire department tweeted that the explosion and fire may have been triggered by natural gas, Fox reported.

As the Star Tribune reported:

A statement from school administrators said the explosion involved a natural gas leak affecting only the upper school. The academy’s lower school is many blocks downriver and unaffected.