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AirMap office destroyed in fire during Santa Monica riots

The AirMap office burned down late Sunday night as looters and rioters in Santa Monica, Calif. broke into stores and set fires just blocks away from a mostly-peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

At least nine fires were reported in Santa Monica — and one of them was at the building where AirMap’s headquarters are located.

Greg McNeal, the company’s cofounder, posted images to his Twitter account on Monday morning documenting the aftermath:

The photos show charred desks, chairs and workstations, with little to nothing left salvageable. McNeal said in a tweet that no AirMap employees were physically hurt.

“Without (employees working from home), I imagine things may have been much worse,” he wrote in a tweet.

Gilbert Mena, Director Of Engineering at AirMap, said in a tweet that AirMap operations are not impacted.

AirMap, which also has offices in Zurich and Singapore, is a drone software company that has been influential in making drone air traffic management technology, referred to under the acronym UTM. The company is also known for its airspace maps indicating where you can and can’t fly drones. The company recently announced a major partnership with TMS Technologies, Taiwan’s leading traffic and transportation consultancy, which could allow them to extend their software into airspace authorities and enterprises in Taiwan. The company also has been working to build tools for construction professionals to build drones through its JobSight product, which it made widely available through resellers last month.

AirMap shared a building with other businesses that also burned down including Sake House by Hikari. McNeal posted a tweet of the blaze affecting their business, too.

In response to the violence, Santa Monica, as well as Beverly Hills, are under citywide curfews beginning 1 p.m. Monday in business districts, and 4 p.m. citywide.

McNeal did share some optimism, with a photo taken inside the AirMap office after the blaze:

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