Nearly everyone living near the site of a plane crash in South Bend is being allowed to return to their homes.
Dozens of people were evacuated after the crash for fear of an explosion because the plane was leaking fuel. People living along Iowa and Ryer Streets were affected.
Iowa residents were forced to leave, people living along Ryer could stay. But for many in the neighborhood it was a cold, dark, scary night.
Adam Jannik was driving home on US-12 when a small plane got his attention.
"I could see it do a once over and I saw it come around again," said Jannik. "And it didn't appear to be a normal approach as all."
The plane, a Beechcraft Premier I jet, crashed on Iowa Street, near where Jannik lives.
"We followed the fire trucks and tried to get in our street and it was already cordoned off," explained Jannik.
South Bend police evacuated the area after learning the plane was leaking fuel.
For fear of an explosion, officials from American Electric Power and Nipsco shut off electricity and natural gas to homes along Iowa and Ryer Streets.
"Very scary, very scary. It's a close-knit neighborhood too, said Kelly Reygaert. "Everyone's bonding together."
Kelly Reygaert and her daughter Lynsie live on Ryer Street.
"It was this huge ‘woosh’...sounded normally like the jets that do flyovers at Notre Dame. Then there was a big boom," Lynsie said.
They stayed in a hotel last night when it got too cold in their house.
"The temperature got down to 60 degrees," said Kelly.
But at least four families on Ryer Street WSBT talked too stayed in their homes despite the cold and darkness.
Adam Jannik and his wife stayed with relatives, but before they evacuated they grabbed one very important thing – their dog, "Lovie."
"I ran down Ryer, went down the path and went into my backyard basically," explained Jannik...hopped a fence and got her and went out."
"That's the only thing I got. She's great."
The plane is broken in two and is lodged into a house at 1617 Iowa Street.
Police tells us people living three houses on each side of that home are not being allowed to stay in their homes, but can be escorted to their homes to get items if they need them.
The American Red Cross is offering assistance to those residents who need help.
Workers have also put up tarps over the two homes there were partially damaged.
Former Oklahoma University QB Steve Davis, 60, was on the plane. He was killed along with 58-year-old Wesley Caves of Tulsa, Okla. Four people were on the plane. Davis and Caves died, while the two others onboard were hurt, along with a person on the ground.
An official at Memorial Hospital has confirmed Jim Rodgers was in serious condition Monday, Christopher Evans was in fair condition, and Diana McKeown, who was in one of the homes, was listed as fair.