FDNY: Drone deployed against E. Tremont fire

Authorities say the massive East Tremont fire that tore through all 29 apartments and displaced 60 people was accidental, but their investigation also found dozens of marijuana plants in the building.



Investigators discovered the plants in a fourth-floor apartment at 653 Crotona Park North, the six-story building where Monday the FDNY deployed a drone for the first time to help fight a fire.



The $85,000 drone carried infrared and high-definition cameras to transmit live images of the scene to the fire chief, officials say.



Officials announced the incident as an accidental electrical fire Tuesday evening, but the NYPD and FDNY are working together to investigate. Authorities have not yet linked the marijuana plants to the fire.



The Red Cross says it helped shelter 17 of the displaced victims overnight. The rest stayed with friends or family.


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