On Sunday (July 12), U.S. Navy officials said 21 people, including 17 sailors, were hospitalized after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego.
“Seventeen sailors and four civilians are being treated at a local hospital for non-life – threatening injuries,” the US Navy said in a statement.
Lt. Cmdr. Patricia Kreuzberger told CNN that because of the blast, the sailors on the USS Bonhomme Richard suffered “minor injuries,” and were taken to a hospital.
Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck said the sailors are in stable condition.
The US Pacific Fleet Naval Surface Forces tweeted the ship’s crew members were deboarded and all accounted. SDFD’s Mónica Muñoz said thta a three-alarm fire engulfed the ship.
— SDFD (@SDFD) July 12, 2020
Federal Fire San Diego Division Chief Rob Bondurant said in a statement, “Federal Fire is moving their crews aboard the ship with U.S. Navy firefighting teams from the waterfront to fight the fire in order to find the seat of the fire and extinguish it. Navy Area Southwest tugs are also actively tackling the fire from the bay.”
Soebeck added that as of Sunday evening, firefighters were “at the seat of the fire, if you will” and were busy clearing compartment spaces in order to close in on the fire.
“Sailors across this waterfront are doing a magnificent job absolutely,” Sobeck said, “They are saving their ship. We ‘re seeing amazing results.” The reason behind the fire is still unknown.