A fire broke out Sunday, July 12, aboard the “USS Bonhomme Richard”. The US military ship was under maintenance at the Naval base in San Diego, southern California, with 160 sailors on board.
The USS Bonhomme Richard, an American military ship , ignited in the bay of San Diego, in southern California , Sunday July 12 in the morning.
An explosion was heard according to authorities and local media, followed by a fire with spectacular images. The vessel under maintenance was docked at the Naval base in San Diego, its home port.
11 sailors were being treated for injuries after a fire and explosion aboard the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard at the U.S. Naval base in San Diego, a Navy spokesman said https://t.co/umoPspLNCb pic.twitter.com/8dQHWuDTsx— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 12, 2020
160 sailors on board, at least 21 injured
About 160 sailors were on board the ship at the time of the flames. “Several sailors have been taken care of for different injuries,” the firefighters tweeted, without giving further details.
According to a US military message on Twitter , 21 sailors have been treated for “minor injuries” . Their vital prognosis would not be engaged.
Sailors and Federal San Diego firefighters continue to battle a fire aboard amphibious assault ship #USSBonhommeRichard (LHD 6) in #SanDiego. #USNavy and @SurfaceWarriors will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) July 13, 2020
Details: ⬇️ https://t.co/s1fcVHg2do pic.twitter.com/Bnnah4LMau
The origin of the fire is not known at the moment, the firefighters said they were called around 8:30 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. Paris time) to respond to the fire.