The US Navy has reported a "terrible tragedy aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) when a fire broke out while docked in the port of San Diego. "
A total of 21 people (17 sailors and four civilians) reportedly suffered non-lethal injuries (burns and intoxications) and were transported to the hospital. The response of the relief services (local, base and on-board) would have been "rapid and immediate". From the first news, the fire broke out following an explosion.
The USS Bonhomme Richard, entered service in 1998, it is the sixth amphibious assault ship belonging to the class Wasp. In service, the unit counts on a crew of 1000 sailors to which up to 2000 marines can be added. At the time of the accident it was under maintenance and 160 people were on board.