21 Injured Fire Onboard USS Bonhomme Richard Naval Ship

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The Navy confirmed on Sunday that at least 21 people were injured after a three-alarm fire broke out following an explosion on the USS Bonhomme Richard.

Naval Surface Forces reported on Twitter that a fire was called at 8:30 a.m. as the ship was docked at a Naval base in San Diego and 17 of the 160 sailors onboard as well as four civilians sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transferred to hospitals for treatment. “USS Bonhomme Richard is going through a maintenance availability and has a crew size of approximately 1,000,” they said.

USS Bonhomme Richard is a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship that was commissioned in 1998. All inport ships were directed to assist with the effort to combat the blaze; two neighboring ships — the USS Fitzgerald and USS Russell — were shifted further away from the fire. 

The cause of the blast and the location of the fire on the ship were not immediately clear.

Officials investigating after 21 sailors, civilians injured in naval ship explosion

Via abcnews.go.com
 

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