Firefighters Admitted That The Burning In San Diego, USS Bonhomme Will Be Extinguished For More Than One Day
The fire that broke out on the landing ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at the San Diego naval base may last several days, San Diego fire chief Colin Stowell told CNN.
According to Stowell, the ship can burn for several days, "up to the waterline." He noted that the explosion occurred at the moment when the crew was leaving the vessel.
San Diego Federal fire Department chief Rob Bondurant said two fire crews were still on board the ship and put out the fire.
"The tugs of the Southwest region's Navy are also continuing fighting the fire from the Bay," he added.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
As the representative of the Ministry of defense told the TV channel, it is assumed that the fire started on the "well deck," which serves for the release of small landing boats to the water. He added that defense Minister Mark Esper was informed of the situation.
Earlier it was reported that 21 people received minor injuries as a result of a fire that occurred on Sunday on Board the landing ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at the San Diego naval base. Seventeen sailors and four civilians were hospitalized with "non-life-threatening injuries."
Two other vessels moored nearby, the USS Fitzgerald and the USS Russell-were moved to berths away from the fire.