Minnehaha Academy files lawsuit over school explosion

Updated: August 08, 2019 06:20 PM

Minnehaha Academy is suing the gas company and contractor who were involved in the moving of a gas meter that led to an explosion, which collapsed a portion of the school's upper campus, according to court records.

The lawsuit was filed Friday against CenterPoint Energy and Master Mechanical Inc.


Attorneys for the school allege the two defendants were negligent in moving a gas meter that sparked the blast.

The Aug. 2, 2017, explosion killed the school's janitor, 81-year-old John Carlson, and receptionist, 47-year-old Ruth Berg. Nine others were injured.

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Thirteen other lawsuits have been filed against both companies in connection to the explosion.

Master Mechanical previously issued the following statement to KSTP:

"We recognize that this is a very difficult situation for everyone involved.

"We have great respect for the legal process and the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board investigation, and do not want to say anything which might influence or compromise the integrity of those proceedings or violate the privacy of those involved."

On Thursday, CenterPoint issued the following statement:

"CenterPoint Energy has been in contact with Minnehaha Academy attorneys and attorneys for others affected since shortly after the incident.  We were aware that suit was being filed and will continue to work with their attorneys toward a resolution.  Our thoughts continue to be with all who were impacted by this incident."

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