At least 21 injured after fire breaks out on Navy ship at San Diego base

Smoke rises from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday, July 12, 2020, in San Diego after an explosion and fire Sunday on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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UPDATED 4:20 PM PT —Sunday, July 12, 2020

Several sailors were injured Sunday after a massive three-alarm fire broke out onboard a naval ship in San Diego. The USS Bonhomme Richard caught fire following an explosion earlier in the day.

21 sailors were reportedly injured and are currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away. The area around the ship, which is located at the at the 32nd Street Naval Station, has been evacuated.

San Diego officials have been instructed to exit the pier as well.

“The Navy is the only one that will work from the pier side, as well as the Harbor PD on the fire boats, working from the water side to contain the heat of it,” explained Fire Chief Colin Stowell.

This screenshot provided by KGTV-TV in San Diego shows the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday, July 12, 2020, in San Diego after an explosion and fire Sunday on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego. (KGTV-TV via AP)

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire, but reports said it began in the well deck.

This is developing news. We’ll continue to follow this story and bring you any updates that come into our newsroom.

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