Uncontrollable fire: a US ship has been on fire for two days

A US Navy ship has been on fire for two days, the ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) caught fire with 160 passengers on board in San Diego, 36 sailors and 23 civilians with minor injuries, the ship was registered at the California base for routine maintenance when it receives fire from an explosion.

A special team of US Navy ships and helicopters works to put out the flames, along with firefighters, according to information from city authorities, several sailors and firefighters were transported to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. Official sources indicated that the temperature onboard the ship would be 530 degrees Celsius.

The Bonhomme Richard has a capacity of 1000 people, and can also deploy and receive helicopters. Currently, 400 sailors are working hard to extinguish the incident, although the causes are not found, but according to the San Diego department’s fire chief, Colin Stowell, the fire could last for days and end up consuming all that is left of the ship.

On the other hand, Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck reported that much of the ship deteriorates more and more with the passage of hours, such as the upper decks and the superstructure, which already have significant damage, while the ship’s front mast completely collapsed, however, Sobeck believes the ship can be repaired.

The fire started on Sunday, the Twitter account of the Naval Forces of Surface, the United States Pacific fleet, reported that there would be at least 21 wounded that day, he currently knows his son 59, most of them from minor injuries. The city’s Air Pollution Control district reported that the area’s air quality levels are unhealthy and advise residents not to leave their homes.

Helicopters and ships work to control fire
Helicopters and ships work to control fire. Photo: Mike Blake / Reuters
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