San Diego, California. – Several sailors in the United States Navy sustained injuries after an explosion and fire onboard a ship at the San Diego Naval Base, according to San Diego firefighters.
Multiple fire agencies and emergency personnel responded to the incident aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, which was reported around 8:30 a.m.
17 members of the Navy (U.S. Navy) and four civilians were transported to a hospital to receive medical attention, and an estimated 160 sailors were aboard the ship Sunday morning, according to an Armed Forces spokesperson.
All people aboard the military ship were evacuated, according to the spokesperson. Fire and emergency crews battled the flames for several hours, and the plume of smoke from the fire was visible from throughout the San Diego area.
The USS Bonhomme Richard was undergoing maintenance at the San Diego Naval Base, and has a capacity of more than 1,000 people, the spokesman said. The ship is of an amphibious type, capable of deploying members of the armed forces in land and sea operations, and can also load equipment from ships, helicopters, and military aircraft.
The boat is 847 feet long and has a crew of 102 officers and more than 1,000 sailors. He was commissioned on August 15, 1998, and his name ‘Bonhomme Richard’ is a French translation of an author name used by Benjamin Franklin.
The San Diego Fire Department reported that they received the emergency call shortly before 9:00 a.m. At that time, the Department reported that about 150 firefighters responded to the incident.
A spokesperson for the Southwest Naval Region told that the location and scope of the fire remain unknown at the moment.