Authorities said residents were able to get out of homes in Imperial County on Wednesday after a Marine Harrier jet crashed into a neighborhood in the city of Imperial.
Two homes caught fire but everyone in the houses escaped, the city's Fire Chief Tony Rouhotas said. A total of eight homes were evacuated.
Neighbors rushed to one home and made sure everyone had escaped, said Chelcey Adami, a reporter for the Imperial Valley Press. The crash left residents stunned and unsure what had happened.
The AV-8B Harrier jet from the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Ariz., crashed about 4:20 p.m., according to a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
Paramedics were on the scene but none of the neighborhood residents appeared to need treatment, Adami said. Three of the eight evacuated homes were considered a total loss, Marine officials said.