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U.S. Navy battles to save burning warship in San Diego

Hundreds of firefighters are battling to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames on Sunday while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60.   

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Hundreds of firefighters are battling to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames on Sunday while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Hundreds of firefighters are battling to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames on Sunday while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, was shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side.    U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, was shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side. U.S. Navy/Mass...more

The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, was shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross
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U.S. Navy sailors stand at attention and salute the national ensign during morning colors behind the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 14.  U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Navy sailors stand at attention and salute the national ensign during morning colors behind the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 14.  U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Navy sailors stand at attention and salute the national ensign during morning colors behind the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 14.  U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Jason Waite/Handout via REUTERS
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The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego.  

U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin Haist

The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist...more

The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Austin Haist
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Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship and into the tower and other structures on the top of the vessel, Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck told a late-morning news conference.     U.S. Navy/Lt. John J. Mike

Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship and into the tower and other structures on the top of the vessel, Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck told a late-morning news conference. U.S. Navy/Lt. John J. Mike

Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship and into the tower and other structures on the top of the vessel, Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck told a late-morning news conference. U.S. Navy/Lt. John J. Mike
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Because it was undergoing repairs at the time, only about 160 of the ship's usual contingent of 1,000 crew members were aboard at the time, and all major munitions had already been removed from the vessel as a standard safety practice, Navy officials said.   

U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Kofonow

Because it was undergoing repairs at the time, only about 160 of the ship's usual contingent of 1,000 crew members were aboard at the time, and all major munitions had already been removed from the vessel as a standard safety practice, Navy officials...more

Because it was undergoing repairs at the time, only about 160 of the ship's usual contingent of 1,000 crew members were aboard at the time, and all major munitions had already been removed from the vessel as a standard safety practice, Navy officials said. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason Kofonow
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Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside.  REUTERS/Bing Guan

Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside.    REUTERS/Bing Guan

Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Helicopters dropped water over the ship throughout Monday while fire boats on the perimeter streamed water on the hull to cool it from the outside. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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The fire's cause was unknown, but a Navy spokesman told Reuters there was no evidence of foul play. 


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The fire's cause was unknown, but a Navy spokesman told Reuters there was no evidence of foul play. REUTERS/Bing Guan

The fire's cause was unknown, but a Navy spokesman told Reuters there was no evidence of foul play. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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The Navy said 36 sailors and 23 civilians had been treated for minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, and no personnel remained hospitalized.  
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The Navy said 36 sailors and 23 civilians had been treated for minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, and no personnel remained hospitalized. REUTERS/Mike Blake

The Navy said 36 sailors and 23 civilians had been treated for minor injuries, including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, and no personnel remained hospitalized. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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Shipyards are seen amid haze as smoke rises from a fire onboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, California, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Shipyards are seen amid haze as smoke rises from a fire onboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, California, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Shipyards are seen amid haze as smoke rises from a fire onboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, California, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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The Bonhomme Richard, commissioned in 1998, is designed to carry U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters and ground troops into battle.  U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

The Bonhomme Richard, commissioned in 1998, is designed to carry U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters and ground troops into battle. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross

The Bonhomme Richard, commissioned in 1998, is designed to carry U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopters and ground troops into battle. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christina Ross
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Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, as seen from Coronado, California, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, as seen from Coronado, California, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, as seen from Coronado, California, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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Smoke rises from a fire on board the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Smoke rises from a fire on board the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Smoke rises from a fire on board the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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People dine at the Clubhouse restaurant on the Coronado Golf Course, as firefighting boats spray water onto the USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

People dine at the Clubhouse restaurant on the Coronado Golf Course, as firefighting boats spray water onto the USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

People dine at the Clubhouse restaurant on the Coronado Golf Course, as firefighting boats spray water onto the USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12.  
 REUTERS/Bing Guan

Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan

Firefighting boats spray water onto the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, July 12. REUTERS/Bing Guan
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