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Navy reports progress in Bonhomme Richard fire

SAN DIEGO, CA – Navy officials say that the situation onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard is improving after three days of fire.

The conflagration initially broke out three days ago, and has injured nearly 60 civilians and naval personnel to date. The amphibious assault vessel—which was docked in San Diego for routine maintenance—was seen listing to one side due to the amount of water that fire fighters had pumped into it in an attempt to douse the flames.

Those efforts seem to have paid off, as Navy officials believe that the worst is now over, and that the 1 million gallons of fuel on board are no longer at risk from the flames.

“There is no threat to the fuel tanks, which is well below any active fires or heat sources,” Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck told reporters at 11 a.m. today. “The ship is stable and the structure is safe.”

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At least 17 soldiers, 4 civilians injured in Navy ship explosion and fire

Photo Credit: NBC San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA – At least 21 people were injured this morning in an explosion and fire on a Navy Ship docked at the San Diego Naval Base.

NBC San Diego reports that the blaze began before 8:30 a.m. on the 3400 block of Senn Street aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard. According to reports, the fire began in the lower cargo hold of the ship, where Marine equipment was stored.

At least 17 soldiers and 4 civilians have been sent to local hospitals for treatment of non-critical injuries. Additionally, 17 San Diego Fire Department firefighters have been taken to the hospital for a precautionary evaluation after fighting the blaze.

The ship usually boasts a crew of about 1,000 people, though only around 160 soldiers were aboard the ship due to the weekend. All sailors have been accounted for.

A crew of local, naval, and federal firefighters have combined to join efforts in fighting the blaze, and ships in the port have been asked to render aid.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this point.

The event remains under investigation.

Disclaimer: Many of the accidents we report on are preventable. Our hope is that by publishing information about severe accidents, we can equip readers with the information they need to avoid finding themselves involved in such a tragedy. These stories are painful, but real, as they are sourced from news outlets. Outlets sometimes update their published reports. If information on this blog is outdated or incorrect, please let us know so we can update our posting to the most up-to-date information. These posts do not contain legal advice and should not be construed in such a way.

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