Fire crews and first responders are working the scene of a massive blaze aboard a ship at Naval Base San Diego set off by a large explosion Sunday afternoon.
The Navy says 18 sailors were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries following an explosion aboard the ship. All SDFD personnel are accounted for as of 11:19, the department said.
Approximately 160 sailors were aboard the ship at the time of the fire. The ship was undergoing maintenance availability and normally has a crew of roughly 1,000.
San Diego Fire-Rescue tweeted around 10:30 a.m. about the fire aboard the ship on the 3400 block of Senn Street. According to the Navy, the fire was initially reported around 8:30 a.m.
It’s unclear how the fire started. According to a witness, an explosion was heard coming from the ship shortly after the blaze started.
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