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Iowa Street resident digs through what's left after plane crash


"It's bad, from what I was told, they're probably gonna tear it down," says Patricia Kovalski.

She was home Sunday when the plane crashed into her house. "It sounded like some kind of explosion and I thought it was my furnace and I saw glass and debris and insulation."

She and her six-year-old son escaped unharmed, these boxes in her trunk are all she has left after living on Iowa Street since 1994. "Sentimental items, pictures, knick-knacky stuff."

After the plane was removed from her home Tuesday police went in and grabbed some of her belongings, but she says most of it was damaged or covered in jet fuel fumes. "Basically everything will have to be replaced."

She's just thankful she and her son are ok, but there is one item she wishes would have been saved. "There was a cookie jar that was my mom's that they couldn't salvage. It was in pieces, that was the only thing that really upset me."

And after looking at the debris, her niece Christina Thomas says she is surprised anything is left. "The plane being in it yesterday, that was bad, but now with it being open you can really see the damage and it looks a lot worse than it did."

Seeing it up close like this is devastating. "They lost everything, they have no clothes, food is an issue, toiletries, I mean furniture, everything."

But that's nothing compared to what was at stake. "They got out with the two most important things, their lives," says Thomas.

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