Small plane crashes into home in Joliet

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JOLIET, Ill. — A small plane has crashed into a residential neighborhood in Joliet.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. Thursday at 1812 Hampton Court in a Joliet subdivision.

Joliet Fire Captain Jeff Allbert said Thursday morning that crews are responding to the crash. Allbert says crews are assessing the scene and putting out a fire.

The captain says it’s unclear so far if the plane hit any structures or vehicles but that the department is investigating.

Witnesses say they saw something falling from the plane and then an explosion before the crash actually happened.

No word on any injuries or exactly how many people were in the plane.

A neighbor tells WGN there was no one home at the time of the crash.

The plane’s engine was spotted about a half-mile away from the crash site by Skycam 9:

Aerial television video of the crash site showed broken plane parts in the street and in the yard and driveway of a home.

Across the street, the siding on one home was peeling from the structure as smoke rose from inside. Nearby fencing was destroyed and a tree was blackened.

Joliet is 40 miles southwest of Chicago.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.