It took four days to extinguish the fire.
It took firefighters four days to extinguish a fire that broke out earlier this week on Board a US Navy landing ship. The ship was docked at a naval base in San Diego, southern California.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire on Board the multi-purpose landing ship-dock USS Bonhomme Richard worth billions of dollars.
“We do not know the cause of the fire. We don’t know the extent of the damage. It is too early to make any predictions or promises about what the future of the ship will be,” US Navy Rear Admiral Philip Sobek said on Thursday.
Three helicopter squadrons dropped more than 1,500 buckets of water on the ship before firefighters were able to Board Bonhomme Richard. According to Sobek, fire support along the waterline was obtained with the help of tugs.
According to the Navy, there were 160 sailors on the ship. According to the Associated Press, the fire started in the lower hangar of armored vehicles.
A total of 63 sailors and civilian Navy personnel who were affected by carbon dioxide inhalation and heat stroke received medical treatment. None of the victims needed hospitalization.
Amphibious helicopter carriers, such as the Bonhomme Richard fire victim, are the world’s largest ships of this class. They are intended for landing Marines.
The ship was undergoing scheduled maintenance at the Port of San Diego. Earlier, Sobek said that there was no ammunition on Board, and fuel supplies were far from the source of the fire.