Twenty-one folks suffered minor accidents in an explosion and hearth Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, army officers mentioned.
The blaze was reported shortly earlier than 9am on USS Bonhomme Richard, mentioned Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Floor Power, US Pacific Fleet.
Seventeen sailors and 4 civilians had been hospitalized with “non-life threatening accidents,” Raney mentioned in a short assertion. He didn’t present extra particulars.
Beforehand, officers mentioned a minimum of one individual was handled for smoke inhalation.
The reason for the fireplace was below investigation. It wasn’t instantly recognized the place on the 840-foot (255-meter) amphibious assault vessel the blast and the fireplace occurred.
The flames despatched up an enormous plume of darkish smoke seen round San Diego.
San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s house port, and the ship was present process routine upkeep on the time of the fireplace.
About 160 sailors and officers had been on board, Raney mentioned — far fewer than the thousand usually on the ship when it’s on lively responsibility.
All crew members had been accounted for, mentioned Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.
“We’re grateful for the short and speedy response of native, base, and shipboard firefighters aboard USS Bonhomme Richard,” Gilday mentioned in an announcement.
The 23-year-old ship has the capability to deploy and land helicopters, smaller boats and amphibious automobiles. Due to its age, a hearth might be significantly damaging, particularly if it reached the engine room and different tight areas with equipment, mentioned Lawrence B. Brennan, a professor of admiralty and worldwide maritime regulation at Fordham College in New York.
“The warmth of a fireplace of this nature can warp the metal, and that may be a serious downside for any ship,” mentioned Brennan. “On an older ship, it’s much more of an issue.”
Two different docked ships, USS Fitzgerald and USS Russell, had been moved to berths away from the fireplace, officers mentioned.