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21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Firefighters on land and in the air and water continue battling a blaze that broke out yesterday on a Navy ship in San Diego, California injuring at least 21.

The fire started around 8:30 Sunday morning triggering an explosion with grey smoke billowing into the air. Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck says it began in a vehicle storage area aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard.

He says 17 sailors and at least 4 others including firefighters suffered minor injuries like smoke inhalation and were in the hospital.

About 160 sailors and officers were on board -- far fewer than the thousand typically on the ship when it's on active duty.

Associated Press

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