Washington – A total of 21 people were injured on Sunday in a fire on a US warship, the Bonhomme Richard, stationed in San Diego according to the Navy.
Seventeen sailors as well as four civilians were taken to hospital with non-lethal injuries, the Navy announced on Twitter.
The fire department said on Twitter that it was alerted on Sunday morning about the fire on the combat landing ship at the San Diego Naval Base.
The fire was still burning on Sunday evening.
Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck said in a press conference later Sunday that there was an explosion on the ship, but the cause was still unclear.
All personnel have been evacuated from the ship and accounted for, he said, adding that the navy and fire department were fighting the fire from the warship’s tug boats. Sobeck said the fire started in the ship’s lower cargo-hold and efforts had been focused on keeping it away from fuel storage, which he said was “far below” the flames.
About 160 sailors were on board at the time of the fire outbreak on the ship, which was docked for maintenance and repairs.
TV pictures showed dense smoke rising from the ship while fire-fighting boats were hosing it down.
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