“Seventeen Sailors and 4 civilians are being dealt with for non-lifetime threatening injuries at a regional healthcare facility,” the US Navy said in a statement.
The sailors on the USS Bonhomme Richard experienced “minimal injuries” from the fireplace and were taken to a clinic, Lt. Cmdr. Patricia Kreuzberger instructed CNN earlier Sunday.
Firefighters battled a a few-alarm fire on the ship Sunday morning, SDFD’s Mónica Muñoz stated. Many distinctive businesses worked to combat the blaze.
Two fires crews ended up however on board the ship Sunday afternoon, Federal Hearth San Diego Division Chief Rob Bondurant claimed in a statement.
“Federal Fireplace is rotating their crews aboard the ship with U.S. Navy firefighting crews from the waterfront to combat the hearth in purchase to come across the seat of the hearth and extinguish it,” Bondurant explained. “Navy Region Southwest tugs are also continually combating the hearth from the bay.”
It is really unclear what started the hearth. Original reports from the ship reveal it begun in the perfectly deck, in accordance to a protection official.
The perfectly deck is exactly where tiny landing craft enter and exit the tummy of the ship.
The ship could burn up for days, “down to the water line,” San Diego Hearth Main Colin Stowell instructed CNN’s Erica Hill Sunday afternoon.
There was an explosion just as staff have been leaving the ship, Stowell stated.
Other ships moved absent from the burning vessel
The Navy has moved two close by ships away from the scene, it explained in a assertion.
Secretary of Protection Mark Esper has been briefed on the situation, according to a defense official.
Officials identified as for San Diego Fireplace Department’s support about 9 a.m. neighborhood time, Muñoz advised CNN.
A 2nd alarm was identified as at 9:09 a.m. and a third at 9:51 a.m., in accordance to SDFD tweets.
There were 160 folks on board when the fireplace begun, according to the Naval Area Forces. The ship, which has a crew of 1,000, was going through routine maintenance.
CNN’s Barbara Starr, Mary Kay Mallonee, Melissa Alonso and Ryan Browne contributed to this report.