Firefighters battle for a three-alarm fire that threatens to devour the San Diego-based Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard, which carries approximately 1 million gallons of fuel and significant amounts of ammunition.
At least 21 people, including 17 sailors and four civilians, were hospitalized with minor injuries on Sunday after a massive fire and explosion aboard the San Diego Naval Base naval base, which threw smoke and ash clouds into the sky.
Rear admiral Philip Sobeck said that all of the injured are listed in a stable condition.
"Seventeen seafarers and four civilians are being treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries," the US Navy told CNN in a statement.
Firefighters and rescue workers are on site and respond to the three-alarm fire on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) after the fire broke out at 8:51 a.m., the San Diego fire department said.
About 200 sailors and officers were aboard the 840-foot ship on Sunday morning. San Diego is the ship's home port.
The ship was routinely serviced at the time of the fire.
San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN that the ship could burn to the waterline for days.
The U.S. Navy said that 17 seafarers and four civilians were injured in an explosion on board the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at the San Diego Naval Base on Sunday
USS Bonhomme Richard sailors had "minor injuries" from the fire and were taken to hospital, according to a Navy spokesman
Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire aboard the ship after the explosion occurred during routine maintenance
The above image shows an aerial view of the US Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard after the explosion
Sources told The Drive that loud explosions were heard from the ship and that the source of the fire may be below the waterline, although this information has not been confirmed.
The fire was first reported at 8:30 a.m. in the lower vehicle warehouse, said Sobeck.
Although the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined, Sobeck said it was probably the result of "withdrawal of positive pressure when the compartment started to heat up".
The first explosion occurred after the fire broke out and the ship was evacuated.
Sobeck said that the smoke that rose from the ship came from "normal things that can be found in a compartment," such as clothes and books.
At least one person was treated for smoke inhalation. At least one injury was due to the explosion, said the San Diego fire department.
The seafarers assigned to the ship lived in the navy or in a private house on land and were not on board when the fire broke out.
People pose for a picture in front of the San Diego skyline as smoke rises from a fire aboard the U.S. Navy's amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at the San Diego Naval Base
A golfer continues to play while a fire burns on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego
Golfers continue to play while a fire burns on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at the San Diego Naval Base on Sunday
The picture above shows another view of the massive fire aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard on Sunday at the San Diego Naval Base
The best San Diego fireman said the fire on board the ship could burn to the waterline for days.
A massive fire and explosion aboard a naval ship at the San Diego Naval Base injured several seafarers and threw clouds of smoke and ash into the sky
This close-up shows how Rauch enveloped the 840-foot ship on Sunday morning. At that time there were 200 sailors and officers on board
The ship was routinely serviced at the time of the fire. The San Diego Naval Base is the ship's home port. It is still not clear what triggered the fire
At around 12:30 p.m. PST, the entire crew was cleared from the ship and settled, and 18 people were hospitalized with minor injuries
When the flames broke out for the first time, a "service department" of seafarers trained to fight fires was on board and responded to the threat.
The entire crew is removed from the ship and all were considered, according to a tweet from the US Pacific Fleet's Naval Surface Forces, which was dispatched around 12:30 p.m. PST.
"Everyone is off the ship and everyone is held accountable," said Brian O & # 39; Rourke, a spokesman for the Navy, according to CBS8.
All crew members were considered, said Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of the naval operation.
"We are grateful for the prompt and immediate response from local, base and marine firefighters aboard USS Bonhomme Richard," said Gilday in a statement.
The fire broke out around 8:51 a.m. on Sunday and San Diego Fire Rescue rushed to the scene
The fireman imagined putting up a crane to fight the fire on Sunday morning
According to the San Diego Fire Authority, all SDFD personnel were billed starting at 11:19 p.m. No firefighters have been injured so far
A look at the smoking naval ship above. It is unclear what triggered the fire and the explosion
The USS Bonhomme Richard is an assault ship that is equipped for the transport of landing craft and transfer equipment, troops and landing craft.
The ship was last used in 2018.
San Diego firefighters are fighting the flames with the unified Federal Fire command.
The U.S. Pacific Naval Surface Forces added that local, base and ship firefighters are responding to the fire.
According to the San Diego Fire Authority, all SDFD personnel were billed starting at 11:19 p.m. No firefighters have been injured so far.
Massive clouds of smoke shrouded the base in the fire on Sunday morning
The USS Bonhomme Richard is an assault ship that is equipped for the transport of landing craft and transfer equipment, troops and landing craft. The ship was last used in 2018
According to the San Diego Fire Rescue, 150 firefighters were sent out to suppress the inferno.
A shocking video was created that shows the moment when an explosion on the naval ship started.
The keel for the Bonhomme Richard was laid in 1995 and it was delivered to the Navy in 1998.
The 23 year old ship can use and land helicopters, smaller boats and amphibious vehicles.
Because of its age, a fire could be particularly destructive, especially if it gets into the engine room and other confined spaces with machines, said Lawrence B. Brennan, professor of admiralty and international maritime law at Fordham University in New York.
"The heat from a fire like this can warp the steel, and that can be a big problem for any ship," said Brennan.
"It's even more of a problem on an older ship."
Two other docked ships, the USS Fitzgerald and the USS Russell, were relocated to berths outside the fire.
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