Fire, ‘explosion’ on Navy amphibious assault ship at San Diego Naval Station; 21 injured

Fire, ‘explosion’ on Navy amphibious assault ship at San Diego Naval Station; 21 injured
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6). ABC News video

[Ed. – This was first reported Sunday morning.  The ship is USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6), a Wasp-class “big deck” amphibious ship (amphibious assault ship and command ship for an amphibious strike group).  Bonhomme Richard is in a maintenance period pierside and had limited crew on board at the time.  Much too early to speculate on what happened.  Fires are by no means unheard of during maintenance availabilities; setting off massive explosions is rarer (the reporting appears to indicate the fire started first, and an explosion or explosions followed).  This will be a setback for planned rotations. The Navy isn’t so well-stocked with big-deck amphibs that this can be taken in stride.]

More than a dozen sailors and several civilians have been hospitalized following an explosion on a Navy ship in San Diego on Sunday, officials said.

A fire broke out aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard sometime around 8:30 a.m. local time, said officials with the Naval Surface Forces. The blaze escalated to a three-alarm fire, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, which assisted in battling the fire along with base and shipboard firefighting teams.

Seventeen sailors, as well as four civilians, are being treated at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Mike Raney, a spokesman for the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, confirmed to ABC News Sunday afternoon.

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