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Drone Captures Massive Yacht Fire As $24 Million Boat Is Engulfed In Flames (VIDEO)

06/21/2014 05:45 pm ET | Updated Jun 21, 2014

You've probably never seen a fire quite like this.

San Diego boat captain Kurt Roll was using a remote-controlled quadcopter drone to shoot aerial footage at a shipyard in Chula Vista, California on Thursday when he spotted a plume of smoke rising in the distance. Roll decided to use his device to get closer to what appeared to be a massive boat fire, and managed to capture some incredible, close-up footage of a yacht going up in flames.

In a video Roll posted to YouTube, the drone nears the yacht fire before pulling back to show the sheer enormity of the blaze.

According to ABC 10 News, the 112-foot boat, called the Polar Bear, apparently caught fire in an accident at the shipyard shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. About 100 workers at the marina were evacuated during the blaze, which firefighters were eventually able to put out.

The yacht belonged to Larry Jodsass, a retired electrical engineer, and was worth an estimated $24 million.

"Am I angry? No. Anger is not the right word," Jodsass told NBC 7 San Diego. "It was my toy, my wonderful, beautiful piece of equipment. I think it's the most beautiful boat that ever has been built."

Watch the drone footage of the yacht fire in the video above.

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