Drone seen hovering over massive blaze at L.A. high school

A mystery drone was seen hovering over the scene of a massive blaze as it tore through a South Los Angeles charter school Tuesday afternoon.

The small drone seen on KTLA-TV shows the craft flying above a plume of smoke and the curling flames at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

Los Angeles police and fire officials said the drone did not belong to them and that they don’t who was operating the craft.


As the drone hovered over the blaze, about 34 firefighters took a defensive stance against the flames.

The fire, which started about 2:20 p.m., consumed the school’s roof, ultimately causing it to collapse. A wall and the school’s facade also collapsed in the flames, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Scott Miller said.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze and were taken to hospitals, he said.

For now, Miller said it appears no one else was hurt in the blaze but cautioned that firefighters must still sift through a large amount of debris.

The campus was closed at the time of the fire but some construction was underway, said Gabriel Sanchez, Green Dot Public School spokesman.

Firefighters are investigating the blaze.

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