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A fire burned through the roof of a building at a high school in the South Los Angeles area Tuesday afternoon, sending towering clouds of black smoke into the air.

A massive fire caused a partial roof collapse at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A massive fire caused a partial roof collapse at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The blaze was reported at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School  at 11130 South Western Ave. (map), and crews were responding shortly before 2:30 p.m.

The second-alarm fire caused a partial roof collapse, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

School was not in session at the time, according to the Los Angeles School Police Department. The campus is affiliated with the Los Angeles Unified School District but is run by Green Dot Public Schools, a charter operator.

A drone could be seen hovering over the fire in the Westmont area on July 22, 2014. It was not clear who was operating the drone. (Credit: KTLA)

A drone could be seen hovering over the fire in the Westmont area on July 22, 2014. It was not clear who was operating the drone. (Credit: KTLA)

A drone could be seen circling above the fire and a nearby crowd that gathered to watch the firefighters, aerial video showed.

There was no information on what may have caused the fire or the extent of the damage, but the structure appeared nearly gutted.

Later Tuesday, Green Dot Public Schools issued statement saying it was working with LAUSD on “contingency plans” to ensure students will be served when classes begin Aug. 12.

Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School appeared nearly gutted by a fire July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School appeared nearly gutted by a fire July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Parents were being notified about the fire, Green Dot CEO Cristina de Jesus said.

No students, teachers, counselors or parents were on at the school, which was founded in 2004, according to the statement. It serves more than 600 students in ninth through 12th grade.