Monday, September 5, 2011

Tehachapi Airplane Crash Sparks Brush Fire, Forces Evacuation (Photos & Video)

TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- A small plane that crashed and burst into flames Sunday killed one person and ignited a fast-moving brush fire that bore down on a California mountain community, forcing residents to flee from at least 100 homes.

One house burned the ground after the single-engine Cessna 210 went down near Tehachapi south of Bakersfield, according to Kern County fire department spokesman Cary Wright.

Authorities did not know how many people were on the plane but one death was confirmed.

The fire in Blackburn Canyon was "growing by the minute," Wright said, adding that it shifted direction three times.

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