A warship caught fire in San Diego, 21 people injured

According to the U.S. Navy, 21 people were injured in a fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego.

“Seventeen sailors and four civilians receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital,” the Navy said in a statement. Sailors are in stable condition, said Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck.

All crew members were evacuated, according to a message received from the US Pacific Fleet. Rescuers extinguished the fire for several hours.

The fire started in the lower storage room for vehicles, “in a huge open area where equipment is stored.” It is not clear what exactly became the reason. The ship had about a million gallons of fuel, but “much lower” heat sources. According to Sobek, there is no ammunition on board. He also said that the ship’s district has a security zone.