Two people were killed Saturday in a plane crash that caused a large brush fire in Suffolk, according to local and state officials.
The small passenger airplane was fully engulfed in flames after the crash, state police said, causing a large brush fire in the 3900 block of Carolina Road. Firefighters located the plane crash about a quarter mile away from Carolina Road.
The crash caused a large area of trees and brush to catch fire, threatening homes in the nearby area.
The “rapidly-progressing” fire was spreading across approximately 35 acres of open field and forest, according to a release from Suffolk Fire & Rescue. All residents were safely evacuated.
Police say the crash occurred at 12:16 p.m. Shortly after 3:45 p.m., the Suffolk fire department marked the fire as contained.
The 3900 block of Carolina Road will remain closed until further notice.
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