21 in­jured in fire aboard Navy ship in San Diego

The News Tribune - - Nation & World -

Twenty-one peo­ple suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in an ex­plo­sion and fire Sun­day on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said.

The blaze was re­ported shortly be­fore 9 a.m. on the USS Bon­homme Richard, said Navy spokesman Mike Raney.

Sev­en­teen sailors and four civil­ians were hos­pi­tal­ized with “non-life threat­en­ing in­juries,” Raney said.

The cause of the fire was under in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The ship was un­der­go­ing rou­tine main­te­nance. About 160 sailors and of­fi­cers were on board, Raney said, fewer than the thou­sand on the ship when it’s on ac­tive duty.

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