Explosion at School Leads to Safety Investigation 27 Feb 13

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — No one was hurt when an explosion blew out a wall in the day care wing of a church in Brooklyn Center.

Police say the blast was reported about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in a two-story classroom wing of Brookdale Christian Center.

A CenterPoint Energy spokeswoman says the church’s boiler apparently exploded. She says the boiler has had maintenance issues in the past.

Six preschoolers were in a nearby classroom. A teacher escorted the children safely outside. Medics checked the children and found they were not hurt.

Brooklyn Center Fire Chief Lee Gatlin says the blast partially collapsed the second floor of the wing and caused about $200,000 in damage.

Gatlin says the wing was roped off and declared unsafe pending further investigation.