The pilot of a single-engine plane trailing an advertising banner parachuted to safety Monday before his aircraft crashed into a home outside Denver, setting the two-story house on fire, KUSA-TVreports.

No one was home when the plane slammed into the back of the home inNorthglenn, Adams County, about 3:30 p.m. MT.

The pilot was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, the station said. Initial reports indicated he was not hurt.

A witness told WFAA's sister station KUSA that the pilot struggled to keep the banner aloft and crashed after making a U-turn.

Another witness told KMGH-TV that the plane's nose was up when it crashed and that the banner was advertising Geico, the insurance company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

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