A small plane crashed in a densely populated suburb of San Diego, California, killing at least two people, including a UPS driver.
At least two others were injured in the incident.
Witnesses reported that an elderly couple was rescued from one of two destroyed homes in Santee, a largely residential suburb of 50,000.
At least three other houses suffered significant damage.
Several vehicles, including a delivery truck, were also set on fire.
“Not too vivid, but it’s a pretty brutal scene,” said Justin Matsushita, Santee’s assistant fire chief, as firefighters searched the smoldering ruins.
Authorities did not identify the van company or say if anyone was inside, but United Parcel Service of America confirmed that one of its workers had died.
“We are heartbroken about the loss of our employee and extend our deep condolences to his family and friends,” said the company.
“We also express our condolences to the other people involved in this incident, as well as their families and friends.”
The condition of the two injured was initially unknown.
Jim Slaff told NBC 7 in San Diego that neighbors dragged his mother out of a window of their burning house and saved his stepfather from the back yard.
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Mr. Slaff said neighbors told him the couple were “obviously shaken but is fine” and taken to UC San Diego Medical Center.
“It’s a war zone. It’s not even a house, ”said Mr Slaff after arriving at the crime scene.
Andrew Pelloth, 30, was working from home when he heard a buzz and then a huge bang.
“My first thought was that it was a meteorite,” he said.
“I could hear it falling and then some sort of explosion.”
Mr. Pelloth saw a delivery truck catch fire and his neighbor’s house just across the street on fire.
His neighbor stood on the sidewalk begging for help to get her dog, which she said was in the house.
Mutilated vehicle ruins lay in the driveway.
The woman and her husband were burned on the arms but could still walk and talk, Pelloth said.
No one was home in the other destroyed apartment, which was sold just a month ago.
Mr Pelloth said he met the new owner on Monday when he arrived to see the damage.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was a twin-engine Cessna C340.
It was not immediately known where the flight started, where the flight was going, or how many people were on board.
Mr. Matsushita said everyone on board could not have survived.
The crash occurred about three blocks from Santana High School in the city of about 50,000 residents.
The school announced on Twitter that “all students are safe”.
The crash site is a few miles north of Gillespie Field, a small airport in San Diego County.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this.
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