Two Missing After Small Plane Crashes Into IL Home; 75 Firefighters Respond
Belleville News Democrat via YellowBrix
February 22, 2010
As many as 75 firefighters from various departments were helping to battle the fire Sunday evening. The nearest fire hydrant to the house is about three-quarters of a mile away, so firefighters had to help with tanker trucks and other means of getting water to the fire.
The house could not be seen from Clover Leaf School Road, and media members were being kept away from the crash site. A pink glow could be seen in the night sky above the subdivision.
“It’s a muddy mess back there,” Render said of the neighborhood.
In a neighboring subdivision on Dupont Lane, 59-year-old Richard Pasqualine was watching Olympic downhill skiing when he heard what he described as a “sonic boom.” A minute later, he heard a secondary, less-intense explosion.
“I didn’t know what it was,” Pasqualine said.
Render expected emergency crews to be on the scene well into this morning. He said he didn’t know whether the plane was trying to land on the runway.