San Diego: Explosion Reported and Fire as Firefighters Battle Blaze on Navy Ship

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On Sunday morning an explosion erupted as a roaring blaze was reported on a military assault ship at Naval Base San Diego, according to authorities. They say there are multiple injuries.

A fire broke out on the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard at the U.S. Naval base in San Diego on Sunday, the Navy said.

Fire on US Navy Ship San Diego
Fire on US Navy Ship San Diego

The San Diego Fire Department said on Twitter that “several sailors” were being treated for “a variety of injuries.”

An explosion was reported shortly after the fire started. Smoke was seen coming from the middle of the ship, though it was unclear where the fire started or what the cause of the explosion was.

The Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship and light aircraft carrier, was docked for scheduled maintenance between deployments, said Krishna Jackson, a Navy spokeswoman.

Large plumes of smoke arose from USS Bonhomme Richard as firefighters battled the ship’s blaze on the 3400 block on Senn St. The vessel is an amphibious assault ship homeported in San Diego, according to Krishna Jackson of Naval Base San Diego.

The ship had undergone a regular maintenance cycle before the fire was reported, Jackson said. Crew members typically are aboard the ship on weekends, but there are fewer than that there are on weekdays.

Federal firefighters requested assistance from the San Diego Fire Department at about 9 a.m. All SDFD personnel has been accounted for as of 11:19 a.m., the department said.

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