All known fires extinguished on damaged US Navy amphibious ship

Photo: US Navy

The five-day firefighting effort on the damaged amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard has resulted in all known fires being extinguished aboard the vessel, the US Navy confirmed on Thursday, July 16.

Fire teams have now begun investigating every onboard space to verify the absence of fire.

Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group Three, said that until every space is checked and there are no active fires, the navy will not be able to commence any official investigations into the incident.

The firefighting effort on Bonhomme Richard began on July 12 shortly after a blaze ignited on board the ship and lasted through to 06:00 local time on Thursday. The incident occurred while the ship was berthed at Naval Base San Diego.

A total of 61 people suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the fire.

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