18 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO– Eighteen people experienced minor injuries in a surge and fire Sunday aboard a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military authorities said.

The blaze was reported soon prior to 9 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, claimed Mike Raney, a representative for Naval Surface Pressure, United States Pacific Fleet.

Eighteen individuals were hospitalized with “non-life-threatening injuries,” Raney claimed in a quick statement. He didn’t have extra information.

Previously officials claimed at the very least one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

  • Smoke increases from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday, July 12, 2020, in San Diego after a surge as well as fire Sunday on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy).

  • Smoke climbs from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday, July 12, 2020, in San Diego after an explosion and also fire Sunday on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego. (Image by Denis Poroy, The Associated Press).

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The source of the fire was under investigation. It wasn’t instantly recognized where on the 840-foot amphibious attack vessel the blast and also the fire occurred.

The fires sent up a massive plume of dark smoke visible around San Diego.

San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s residence port and it was undertaking routine upkeep at the time of the fire.

About 160 seafarers and also policemans got on board, Raney stated– far fewer than the thousand usually on the ship when it gets on active task.

The ship has the capacity to deploy as well as land helicopters, smaller sized boats and aquatic cars.

A spokesman for Navy Region Southwest stated the area of the blaze and also its degree was not recognized right now.

The fire was reported soon after 8:50 a.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials. The division said on Twitter that at the very least one seafarer has been wounded which 150 firemans were assigned to the blaze. A fire private investigator also was sent off.

The reason of the fire was not understood. Individuals at the scene reported hearing an explosion.

According to the Associated Press, 200 sailors are approximated to have actually been on board Sunday morning.

No various other information was promptly readily available.

The ship remained in drydock at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego last year and has been going through further upkeep at Naval Base San Diego. Its last release remained in 2018.

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