Two people were killed when a small plane crashed through the roof of a children’s therapy center in a warehouse district near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Saturday, officials said.
The victims, who have not yet been identified, were the pilot and a passenger. Their names were not expected to be released on Sunday, a Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman said.
The crash set the autism therapy center on fire but none of the children inside was hurt, according to a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue spokesman, Battalion Chief Steven Gollan.
One of the eight teachers was slightly hurt as she helped children evacuate, and firefighters removed her from the building on a gurney.
The crash was reported about 1:30 p.m. at 1101 Northwest 62nd Street.
There were heavy flames initially but Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue brought them under control, officials said.
The plane crashed through the roof on the north side of the building located just east of the airport.
The plane — a Cessna 335 — went down soon after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Cessna was heading for Hilliard, near Jacksonville.