21 people hurt after fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (AP/WJW) — 17 sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries after a fire broke out Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego.

The blaze called in shortly before 9 a.m. on the USS Bonhomme Richard. Navy and local officials are battling the fire on the big deck amphib, the US Naval Institute reports.

Approximately 160 sailors were aboard the San Diego-based ship at the time of the fire, according to a tweet from the Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The entire crew is off the ship and all have been accounted for, the Navy said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials don’t immediately know where on the 840-foot amphibious assault vessel the fire was sparked.

San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s home port and it was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the fire. The ship has the capacity to deploy and land helicopters, smaller boats and amphibious vehicles.

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