A small plane crashed into the Brady Building in downtown Anchorage early Tuesday morning.
Anchorage police said they first received reports that a small plane crashed into a building at 1031 West Fourth Ave. at 6:19 a.m. Tuesday.
Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell said the plane was reported to be fully engulfed in flames by 6:22 a.m.
By 6:53, Anchorage Fire Department officials said the fire was extinguished and firefighters were working to control smoke in buildings.
Several blocks of downtown including Fourth and Fifth avenues west of I Street were blocked off.
The Brady Building, a 90,000-square-foot downtown office building, was struck about four stories up.
According to unconfirmed reports, power to the area was shut down.
"I heard it circling and I knew it was having problems," said Mike Coumbe, who lives a few blocks away. "I heard the plane and tried to see the plane and I heard it hit it just stopped."
Coumbe said the plane struck two different buildings as it crashed.
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