Update (1750ET): 17 sailors and four civilians have been transported to a San Diego hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the fire and explosion aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.
A San Diego Fire Department helicopter provides an aerial view of the fire that broke out aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in Southern California.— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2020
More than a dozen sailors were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. https://t.co/7GnJONP5yv pic.twitter.com/O51AaSQMJt
The fire broke out around 9 a.m. local time, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue, before quickly reaching three-alarm status.
There were 160 sailors aboard at the time and the entire crew, as well as responders, have been accounted for.
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A fire broke out Sunday on the USS Bonbomme Richard at US Naval San Diego, injuring several sailors according to authorities.
Developing story: A #fire broke out aboard US #Navy's #amphibious assault ship USS #BONHOMME RICHARD LHD6 Sunday morning 12 July around 1000 PDT while pierside at the San Diego #Naval Base. At least 3 fire alarms reported. Images gathered from various sources around the net pic.twitter.com/EzOjpHP6KT— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) July 12, 2020
A three-alarm fire was declared on the amphibious assault ship, reported at 8:51 a.m. according to local station CBS8, citing the San Diego Fire-Rescue department. As the fire progressed, the ship was reportedly evacuated.
More views of the #fire burning now on board US #Navy amphibious ship USS #BONHOMME RICHARD LHD6 at 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego. Reports so far indicate 3 sailors, 1 SDFD fireman injured. At the moment the fire seems to be growing pic.twitter.com/icPblRJOEV— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) July 12, 2020
At least one sailor has been treated for smoke inhalation. Fire appears to have broken out in the hanger deck. pic.twitter.com/AbeH9UHq5J— Sentinel (@StratSentinel) July 12, 2020
San Diego scanner: fire on USS Bonhomme Richard is getting worse, firefighters are "going defensive" and evacuating ship— Steve Lookner (@lookner) July 12, 2020
Smoke could be seen from a distance as the fire burned. Meanwhile, just before 11 a.m. an explosion was reported resulting in at least one injury, according to the report.
3RD Alarm fire on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) at Naval Base San Diego.— Gregg Favre (@GreggFavre) July 12, 2020
SDFD & Federal Fire have unified command for what sounds like a below deck fire, possibly in a hanger bay
Initial reports of an explosion & injuries.
As both a fireman & a sailor, thoughts with all aboard. pic.twitter.com/eDnLBYZ2SA