The small plane was towing a banner when it began to have problems. Minutes later it crashed squarely in the middle of a house.
"The airplane had its nose up as it went down," neighbor Shanna Rudd told ABC7.
Remarkably, the pilot, Brian Veatch, only had minor injuries, and he quickly began thinking of others. Brian is also a firefighter, and that training took over.
“I got out of the plane to make sure everybody got out,” he told 9News.
“Went, grabbed a hose, and tried to fight the fire,” he continued.
Once things settled down, Brian realized the house looked familiar. That’s because he used to live there.
Veatch sold the Northglenn, Colorado, house in 2003 and now lives about a mile away.
No one was in the house, but workers rescued two dogs and a lizard.
The plane was a complete loss, and the house was severely damaged.
It’s believed the Piper PA-25 Pawnee had an engine failure.