The US warship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego is still on fire, said CBS8.

This is the second-day firefighters are battling the fire that started on Sunday.

The fire’s super-hot, explosive blaze injured scores of sailors and civilians Sunday.

This also caused an extensive damage to the warship.

Damage Report

Navy officials held a news conference Monday morning to give an update on firefighting effort and damage report.

It a statement the Navy said:

“59 personnel, 36 U.S. Navy Sailors and 23 civilians have been treated for minor injuries including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

Currently, there are no personnel hospitalized.” 

Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck said the Naval forces are “doing everything they can” to save the ship.


He added the ships sustained considerable superstructure damage since the conflagration erupted on the vessel’s lower decks.

Sobeck noted that the cause of the fire aboard the ship is still unknown.

However, crew reports indicated it started in lower decks.

Sobeck added that the vessel was undergoing maintenance work when the fire broke out.

Beware The Smoke

In addition, Sobeck advised residents to beware of the smoke.

He said if residents smell smoke to heed a county health advisory to remain indoors and avoid strenuous physical activity. 

Officials in National City asked residents to remain in their homes as much as possible.

This is to avoid health hazards from the smoke billowing off the burning ship.

Likewise, the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District Office advised the same.

Meanwhile, County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said:

“Right now, we’re not seeing anything rise to a level of health concerns for the public.

“However, where smoke is present, San Diegans should limit physical activity and stay indoors, if possible.

“(This is) to limit exposure to particulate matter.

“The situation could change, the fire (will) burn for a few days.”


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