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All personnel accounted for after explosion and fire on U.S. warship

By Jay Jackson, Rio de Janeiro News.Net
15 Jul 2020, 22:24 GMT+10

SAN DIEGO, California - Scores of U.S. Navy sailors have been injured as a fire continues to rage on board a U.S. Navy warship docked in the Naval Base in San Diego, California.

"There have been 61 personnel, 38 US Navy sailors and 23 civilians, that have been treated for minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, apparently there are no personnel hospitalized," Expeditionary Strike Group Three Commander Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck said at a press briefing on Tuesday.

The cause of the fire on board USS Bonhomme Richard has not been determined, but an investigation is underway, Sobeck said.

There was an explosion on board the ship on Sunday which triggered the massive fire.

The ship was in San Diego at the U.S. Navy Base for routine maintenance operations. The 160 sailors on board the ship when the explosion occurred and the fire erupted, have been evacuated, and according to the Navy have been accounted for.

"Today, we suffered a terrible tragedy aboard USS Bonhomme Richard when a fire broke out aboard the ship while in port San Diego. At this point, 17 Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital," a spokesperson for the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said Tuesday.

"The remainder of the crew is accounted for. We are grateful for the quick and immediate response of local, base, and shipboard firefighters aboard USS Bonhomme Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with our BHR Sailors, their families, and our emergency responders who continue to fight the fire. Godspeed."

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