By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (Information):
Pictures: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Fox 5 San Diego (Courtesy):
San Diego, California: Multiple injuries are being reported in a fire aboard the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego.
Firefighters from multiple agencies had responded to the fire just before 9:00 a.m. Sunday at 3455 Senn Street.
According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, several sailors are being treated for various injuries, including at least one injury from an explosion.
As of 1:16 p.m. PT Sunday, according to the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, eighteen Sailors have been transferred to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the entire crew is off the ship and all are accounted. The U.S.S. Fitzgerald (DDG 62) shifted berths to a pier further away from the fire, and the U.S.S. Russell (DDG-59) moved approximately 30 minutes later.
As of 4:09 p.m. PT Sunday, according to the Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, seventeen Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. All inport ships have been contacted and directed to provide fire parties to possibly assist with firefighting efforts.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday posted on social media, “Today, we suffered a terrible tragedy aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) when a fire broke out aboard the ship while in port San Diego. At this point, 17 Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. The remainder of the crew is accounted for. We are grateful for the quick and immediate response of local, base, and shipboard firefighters aboard USS Bonhomme Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with our BHR Sailors, their families, and our emergency responders who continue to fight the fire. Godspeed.”
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer posted on social media, “We are here for the sailors and civilians affected by the ship fire at Naval Base San Diego. @SDFD and other first responders continue to lend support. All of the crew is off the USS Bonhomme Richard and accounted for. Thank you to our brave sailors and rescue crews.”
At this moment, no word yet on the cause of the fire.
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